Another campaign that Get paper’s producers feel proud to be engaged in is ‘Tree plantation’ campaign that Get Paper conducts every year as part of its environmental drive. Nepal is currently facing a huge environmental crisis with deforestation being more prevalent than ever. Get Paper believes that tree planation is not only one of the many solutions to this problem, but also an important way for all of us to preserve the environment. After all, it is our duty as mankind to give back to the nature from whom we have taken so much. Although Get Paper’s production of handmade paper is very eco-friendly and our main source is perennial grasses, discarded wastes, recycled or FSC paper; Get Paper is strong advocates for tree plantations to prevent deforestation. In order to meaningfully estimate what to give back to nature, Get Paper calculates the total annual production of its paper products in metric ton and converts that number into the number of trees to be planted, with a simple approach of 1 ton = 17 trees. Based on this calculation, Get Paper has organized yearly plantation drive to plant the number of trees that is equivalent to its total annual production.
At Get Paper, tree planation initiative is viewed as a collective community activity that is not only meaningful and educational, but also fun and exciting. All the producers of Get Paper, along with the local communities and school children come together to plant trees. In 2016 alone Get Paper planted a total number of 4,666 trees under this initiative. Having all the stakeholders be engaged in this activity created a very festive environment for everyone involved.
Rupa Khadka, a producer of Get Paper for six years, enthusiastically said “I feel very happy when we go for tree plantation every year. It is so exciting to see everyone enjoying peaceful moment with our nature. There is also the sense of pride, as we believe planting trees is a way to show respect to mother earth and to our coming generation. These types of activities give my work a true meaning as we are not only working for an income but get opportunities to be socially responsible for our community and work towards a better future of our children”