Every year for two weeks at the end of February and the beginning of March, people come together to share stories of the hard working people behind our clothes, the food we eat and the jewels we wear. The truth is many of these people are exploited and are made to work long hours with very little pay, so it is important for us to share their stories and bring awareness to the struggles they may go through.
At Paper High we are very proud to work with so many fantastic producers who all follow the Fair Trade guidelines and work with their communities to improve the quality of life of those around them. As a Fair Trade company it is incredibly important for us to make sure that all the beautiful items that we are able to sell are made by people who are paid properly, are looked after and are of age. These are the guidelines we and our producers follow:
This year we wanted to do something special for Fair Trade Fortnight to not only encourage people to help those less privileged but to also spread the word of what good can be done if we were all just a little more mindful in our shopping decisions and where we choose to purchase from.
Between the 22nd of February to the 7 of March 10% of all sales will go towards sponsoring a child to go to school in Nepal at the Anita Milan Academy, which is looked after by our fantastic paper producers, Get Paper Industries. Every £150 raised will allow us to put a child through school for a year. Education is the greatest gift and with your help we can help share that gift to young children in Nepal. We currently sponsor 10 children to go to school so it would be wonderful to help more kids gain an education.
Who is Get Paper Industries?
Get Paper Industry is a Fair Trade handmade paper products cooperative based in a small village in Kathmandu, Nepal. The founder, Milan, began the cooperative in 1985 using environmentally friendly ways to create paper. At that time all their paper was made using Lokta. Lokta is a shrub that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas at altitudes in excess of 6500ft and is abundant in supply. Harvesting this sustainable plant helps preserve the fragile ecosystem in Nepal and gives regular fairly paid work to the people of the many mountain villages.
In 1988, Get Paper Industry began a relationship with The Body Shop who taught them how to create other types of recycled paper allowing them to expand the products that they produced. In 1989, GPI became a Fair Trade supplier for The Body Shop and has continued to produce packaging for them ever since. We created a partnership with them in 2010 and have continued to work with them from that point on!
We don’t just love the products they make, we love the sustainability behind the products as well as the amazing work that Get Paper do in their community. Being able to help create a comfortable life for the people of Nepal is also a tremendous bonus.
Anita Milan International Academy
In Nepal, there is a lot of discrimination against women receiving an education. Most girls will end up going straight to work in either the fields or at home once they hit puberty with many being married off at a very young age. Many Nepalese families do not see girls’ education as a priority.
Get Paper tries to break the stigma! They have created and renovated five different primary schools one of which is the Anita Milan Academy. More than 200 girls are getting a scholarship every year for attending these schools. Paper High truly believes everyone deserves an education and a chance to provide a better life for themselves which is why we sponsor 10 girls to go to school here.
Currently the school is working hard to follow COVID guidelines whilst still providing an education to the children attending. We are thankful to anyone who takes this opportunity to help us provide more children with a fantastic education. The school is a wonderful, joyous place where they truly look after the welfare of their children.
We thank you for taking part in giving back this Fair Trade Fortnight and helping us send more children to school. If you would like to find out more about the school feel free to check out their Facebook here where they post plenty of photos and videos of the activities they get up to!
Find Out More About Us
Since 2001 we have specialised in selling Fair Trade paper products and unusual eco-friendly gifts made in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. All our products are handmade using locally sourced sustainable and recycled materials wherever possible.
Each item sold helps our artisans and producers continue their fantastic work. Please feel free to check out our Producer page on our site to find out a little more about the wonderful people we work with. If you were intrigued about who exactly made a specific item please feel free to scroll down to ‘Make a Difference’ on any product on the site to learn more about the artisans of that item. Every item purchased helps all our wonderful artisans in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Want to know more? Have a look at our Ethics and Story. If you have a burning question then you are more then welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where our team will respond as soon as possible. Or leave a comment below and let us know what you think!