We couldn’t resist that little pun! We already recycle polymer. All the scrap of our raw polymer is used to make new beads and our cracked beads are for curtains. We have been thinking about packing Samunnat jewelry in cotton fabric and paper for quite a few years but until recently we were still using plastic clear bags. I (Kopila) was not happy using plastic bags so our ladies started making fabric and paper bags to trial them to replace using plastic.
We wanted them to be eco friendly and to re-use our waste materials. Our ladies are donating their thin old saris and dopattas (scarves). We don’t buy papers at all and are using news papers which are donated by our neighbours. So we are trying and educate ourselves to use to the maximum our old stuff and stay within our budget. We realised that every month we were sending more than 100 plastic bags to Australia and other countries and we were polluting the environment. So now we have made Eco friendly packing bags. It may take time for Wendy didi and our buyers to open and count but we are looking forward for comments and make those bags easier to use. We think this is better than creating more waste in the world. One day we would love to be ZERO waste.
You are setting a standard that all of us need to follow ladies.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Thanks lovely Janice. We are trying! Looking forward to learning about more bags!
Yay!! This news will be applauded by myself and by my husband, Toby. It was his job to lobby for the plastic bag ban here in Queensland in Australia! Amongst the plastics that we still get today into our household, I can now say no more from Samunat!!! Well done ladies?? ??
So excited to hear this Sandy!! It will be a bit of a process but we are keen.
Great news. You are indeed setting a standard.
Thanks Robin. There is SUCH a long way to go here but we will at least make a start!
That is awesome!!!! Can one of you stand as the Minister of the Environment in Nepal!
Ha ha! That WOULD be something for so many reasons!
Thank you for this exciting news, and for setting a great example
in reducing waste and use of plastic.
Thank you Frances. We will keep you up to date with how it goes!
Hi Wendy! I remember meeting you in Malta and with you was a wonderful Nepalese woman – the initiative A colourful journey really inspired me! The little project I am directing (art-wise) means to help Somali refugee girls in Rome and at the same time send funds to Somalia for the construction of a school canteen… we make earrings and other objects from African cloth which tailors in Rome usually throw away… I am in contact with my Nepalese friend Lorina Sthapit and through messenger try to show her how to make these simple yet beautiful earrings. Lorina is helping the elderly through her Ajis project. I told her about your project and she will get in touch with the ladies. I have linked them together through facebook. I would love to come to Nepal one day…
All the very best to you and the wonderful women who are so resilient 🙂