Sustainable practices during cook like a local

We believe in sustainable business ecosystem and we exhibit our grassroots action through constantly co-operating with local entrepreneurs in every possible manner.

Being an ethical company, we believe that sustainability starts at home and that everyone should stand for a sustainable development. So, whenever our chefs Sankutala and Asmita goes to the market to buy groceries, they carry our 8 years old reusable rice bag bought from fair trade which has relatively low environmental impact and still in great condition to use. There are not only environmental reasons for doing this but there are also economic and practical reasons to make the change. These eco-friendly reusable bags come in a full range of size, prints and patterns and our chefs prefers to be trendy with their fashionable reusable bags when they are out to shop.

The rationale behind the course is a belief in our individual and collective action to have positive impact to society. So, in the course you will experience our support to local entrepreneurs as soon as you enter our office. At the start of the course you will find traditional Nepali handmade straw stools made by local craftsman Ram Maharjan from Lubu. A brilliant artisan himself, Ram also organizes straw weaving classes to fellow village - women for their self-empowerment. The next thing you will notice will be booking forms & receipts made out of recycle paper. This initiative was started by Jamarko, Nepal in 2001 as a small cottage industry on a quest of environment conservation as well as providing employment to underprivileged women.

Tea or coffee is served in a handmade cup made by Thimi ceramics which has been at nexus of Bhaktapur’s ceramic industry since 1987. The industry currently employs more than 20 local potters. Events, classes and training programs are constantly organized by the company to preserve historical aesthetic value of pottery art among youths and use of a mango wooden table to perform the cooking class. After the fruit bearing lifespan has finished then we use these trees for making furniture which is a sustainable product.

Reusable jute bag for groceries, apron, dried compressed leaf plate for lunch required for cooking course is bought from local market. Reusable water jars, handmade copper jugs for keeping water, other cooking utensils are brought from local shop to support local entrepreneur. We use handmade recycled dining table mat from Dhukuti which is a local non-profit fairly traded organization in Nepal founded in 2003.

We don’t use plastic bottled handwash. We use eco friendly, bio-degradable, natural handmade soap bars for kitchen and other purpose. We buy this from sister concern Karma coffee which showcases conscious-holistic living along with sustainable, local and handcrafted products which are fairtrade. They work with over 600 coffee farmers who provides the best artisan coffee that Nepal produces.