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Get Paper Industries

Get Paper Industries (GPI) was set up in 1985, and has since changed the lives of hundreds of Nepalese locals. More than 500 people have secured creative employment, and GPI even offers 1000 scholarships a year to help girls from poor communities to attend school.

GPI transforms waste materials like scrap paper, cotton rags, and agricultural waste like banana fibre and water hyacinth into beautifully textured paper. The whole production process is completely eco-friendly and the artists even dry the reams of handmade paper naturally, resting it in the sunlight.

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More than 500 people get crafty with paper at GPI, and the organisation even offers 1000 scholarships a year to help girls from poor communities to attend school. Many of these girls have gone on to become doctors, teachers, and accountants; all futures which would have been impossible without GPI’s help.

Get Paper Industries began by making paper using fibres from the lokta plant, but in 1988 the organisation partnered with The Body Shop, and learnt how to craft paper using recycled materials. This led to GPI becoming a fair trade organisation in 1989, and then a fair trade co-operative in 2005. Now, every artisan is also a member of the co-operative.

GPI transforms waste materials such as scrap paper, cotton rags, and agricultural waste like banana fibre and water hyacinth into beautifully textured handmade paper, coloured with plant-based dyes. The whole production process is completely eco-friendly and the artists even dry the reams of handmade paper naturally, resting it on stones in the sunlight.

This method of handcrafting cotton paper has been passed down for generations. In an age of computers, iPhones, and tablets, you might expect demand for paper to be in decline, but GPI has discovered that this isn’t the case. People are appreciating handmade more than ever, and as the public become increasingly interested in protecting the environment, recycling, re-purposing, and the story behind the products we buy – GPI are ready and waiting with a bright and colourful story to tell.

Visit Get Paper Industries in a Meet the People tour to Nepal

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