DIY Series 1 newspaper bag
Formerly known as Green Circle, MoWaRe was started in 2013 as an initiative to promote paper waste management in offices while giving employment to low-income women from WEPCO, Kopundole, Lalitpur.
Initially we produced different sizes of paper bags but with little experimentation, we were able to develop a variety of envelopes and pouches that could fulfill any office’s stationery needs.
After our successful pilot in training women in Kopundule, we moved on to other women groups from Gongabu and Kirtipur. By enhancing their skills, MoWaRe has contributed to uplift their lives not only by providing income-earning opportunities but helping them to achieve self-reliance. We can proudly say that we have trained 25 women till date to promote environmentally sustainable practices and livelihoods.
Since its inception, MoWaRe has collected more than 33,000 kg of used newspapers with help of its sister concern BW2V and converted them into a total of 55,000 bags, envelopes, and pouches. The final products are sold back to the same organization from where the waste paper was sourced with the addition of new clients every month. The unrecyclable paper is forwarded to paper recycling facilities to be used as raw material for recycled paper.
The resources of the planet are limited, and we at MoWaRe believe that there is an urgent need to treat waste rightfully as a resource. By upcycling newspaper waste into useful products, we are making our contribution to the circular economy while generating livelihood for marginalized women of Kathmandu and surrounding areas.