It’s always good to reuse and recycle. But with regards to reusing items made using lokta paper made in Nepal, the action takes on new meaning. Inside our 9th year partnering with Nepalese paper makers, Aveda has become producing paper for gift wrap, 禮盒, bags, and also other giftable items throughout the holiday period.

Since the earthquake in 2015, the connection has been particularly poignant since it is helps create income in excess of 5,500 women*-who definitely are, in turn, helping their families rebuild right after the devastation.

Papermaking is a great way to support rural, impoverished parts of Nepal, as being the shrub that yields the bark (Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea) grows in communities where jobs are scarce. Equally impressive is the fact the lokta shrub regenerates after cutting-ensuring that this important economic endeavor is sustainable and preserves the fragile forest ecology of mountainous Nepal.

Naturally, while supporting a worthwhile cause-by buying either one among 12 pre-packaged Aveda gift boxes or by making a customized one starting in November-can make you feel good, too. Lokta paper is one of the world’s top quality acid-free papers. It is said how the paper may last for one thousand years if shielded from sunlight. The truth is, it’s so sturdy that the Nepalese government uses it for archiving important documents.

Within the spirit of continuing the legacy of Nepalese lokta paper, we’ve put together a couple of new ways to use your lokta boxes, so they can live on in your house for years to come after you’ve emptied them with their gifts.

1. Store photos: Utilize a stack of which to stash pictures. Your three-by-fives will fit nicely inside the medium box, while your four-by-sixes will rest comfortably from the large box. Don’t forget to keep a label externally of your box identifying the events from which you took your shots.

2. Gift cookies: We swear that sweets taste sweeter when presented in a pretty box.

3. Produce a window garden: Line a box with a plastic bag and poke several small holes at the end of the bag. Fill the bag with soil and drop in a couple of seeds-once the plant outgrows the package, transplant.

4. Craft coasters: Trace the bottom of a 64dexkpky drinking glass into the lower box. Cut out the circles and use them to support smaller glasses.

5. Create wall art: Flip over the lids in the 伴手禮 and paint them or cover them in photos-then tack them on the walls for memorable living-room décor.