Day by day we’re progressing more towards the deep end of the climate crisis. As this happens many entrepreneurs are coming up with more innovative ways/solutions to press pause. Recently, there has been an emerging sustainable movement in Nepal.
Slowly businesses are turning around and progressing towards the sustainable eco-friendly side. Obviously, this doesn’t make up for the vast amounts of plastic burning, littering or pollution. Yet, it’s a start. You may know some of these already. In no particular order, here are the top 10 sustainable shops in Kathmandu:
Founded back in 2014, by a humble and hardworking social entrepreneur Rabi Malla. Malla creates unique handcrafted products made by local Nepalese artisans. Kolpa is the name of a lost settlement in Bhaktapur. All the product materials are sustainable and are made from regions in Mustang, Terai, Sindnapulchowk, Dadeldhura, Sankhuwasabha and Dolpa.
Each material whether its a bag, wallet, lamp, pen holder or anything else is different from the other. As they are entirely handcrafted with passion. No piece you own will ever be the same as the next customers. Profits from Kolpa go to empowering rural communities of Nepal. Go check out one of the many sustainable shops in Jamsikhel, Patan!
A green enterprise which upcycles dumped tyres from the riverbanks of the Bagmati or automobile workshops. They transport tyres to their space in Kupondole clean them thoroughly then hire local artisans to help create their products. In which the materials they use are all organic from dyes to threads. As well as their products being incredibly aesthetically pleasing! Tyre Treasures products come with a warranty.
3. Antidote Nepal
Launched in 2018, tackling the fast fashion industry. Antidote are wanting to set an example to others in Nepal by utilising existing fabrics. They work with pre-obsessed dresses, kurtas, sarees and lehengas. They rent them out at affordable prices, reducing their carbon footprint. Likewise, tailor your outfit for your special event. They’re based in Patan.
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Nepal’s first coffee boutique located in Patan and Thamel. They source their coffee directly from Himalayan coffee farms and don’t use any electrical equipment to make their coffee. Their beans are 100% organic and hand-picked. Alongside this, their products are all hand made from Nepalese artisans. They sell coffee mugs, candles, notebooks, shampoo bars, coffee scrubs, sporks and many more great editions for your home. They’re reasonably priced, made in Nepal and the profits go back into the local economy.
5. The Shampoo Bar Kathmandu
Combating the plastic crisis, The Shampoo Bar Kathmandu sells ayurvedic shampoo bars, conditioners and body butter. Their bars are chemical-free and biodegradable. They are also palm oil-free and vegan! Moreover, they’re extremely good for your hair paying respect to your healthy hair oils. You can purchase their products through Daraz or similarly give them a message.
6. Timro Concept Store
Timro a store which houses 20+ local Nepali brands. All the products by these brands have been delicately handcrafted in Nepal. It embodies and promotes fairtrade businesses. Likewise for brands to promote their products as some aren’t able to afford a shop floor.
Bottles to Beads an ethical business which provides employment and training to Nepalese women. They recycle glass bottles which are harmful to animals or humans. From there each talented Nepalese female artist uniquely paints it. Each hand-painted piece carries a story behind it. The pieces on sale range from necklaces, earrings, bracelets, keyrings and many more. They’re based in Kathmandu.
8. Local Women’s Handicrafts
Local Women’s Handicrafts are a gorgeous fair trade shop selling handcrafted products made by Nepali women. They also upcycle sarees into magnificent products. They provide a safe space for women who have suffered injustice in their communities and abusive practices in the textile industry. Their profits go towards empowering Nepalese women.
9. Green Bamboo Creation
Created in 2015, a company which sources bamboo from Nepal and makes it into furniture. Green Bamboo Creation source it from locals and build it in their warehouse in Hetauda operated by locals. From there it goes to their storeroom in Patan. They use bamboo as it promotes 30% more oxygen than other trees, conserves water and keeps the soil moist. All of their products are 100% made in Nepal.
An initiative by Doko Recyclers Tatwa upcycles products into masterpieces. They reduce their carbon footprint producing art eco-friendly creations. Tatwa are based in Bhaktapur and sell a vast range of items from candleholders to toothpick holders.
There you have it, the top ten sustainable shops in Nepal. However, there are more amazing sustainable shops in Nepal already out there and new ones setting up every other month. Let tackle the climate crisis together and promote sustainability.