When you buy an upcycled product, you are contributing to remove waste from the Khumbu region
In our shop, you can find the unique pieces created by our invited designers. All the products are made out of found raw materials in the Khumbu region and the Himalayas, and are sold under the brand moware design – mountain waste repurpose.
The Himalaya Stones represent the three passes of the Khumbu region – Renjo-La Pass, Cho-La Pass, and Kongma-La Pass. You can hang them on a keychain, on the wall, or from a bag.
Since 2015 our sister organization moware design has been creating utility products by introducing design to tackle the ever-increasing waste in Kathmandu Valley. Together with Blue Waste to Value they have upcycled and manufactured high-quality glass and paper products. Through upcycling we not only reduce the waste that is sent to the landfill but also prevent precious limited natural resources from being used as raw materials for production.
At Sagarmatha Next we decided to replicate this idea and asked moware design to produce a range of products by using the most common type of waste in the area – plastic waste.
To design our first set of products, we collaborated with Super Local, a design studio based in the Netherlands that specializes in creating design products out of waste. They have worked in various countries, conducted extensive research, and create products that can be produced using limited technology by the locals. For Sagarmatha Next they have cleverly designed products that would be appealing to visitors as well as use the most abundant waste material i.e. plastic.
moware design is a social enterprise dedicated to upcycling waste into beautiful high-quality products, born in 2013 as a design-led intervention to give meaning to the waste left behind in the Himalayas.
Over the years, moware design has experimented and worked extensively with various types of waste such as paper, aluminum, wrappers, and glass bottles, hence creating a wide range of high-quality products that includes stationery, jewelry and dining sets. moware design has trained and empowered about 25 low-income women to utilize their skill set and innate love of creation to better their lives and better our planet.