7-13 June 2013 #659

Seeing green

Nepali Times kicked off its second edition of EcoFair on world environment day

The exhibition which runs until 7 June will showcase environment friendly technologies and solutions. Everything you need to know about solar technologies, waste management, rain water harvesting, organic farming, electric vehicles, and other eco-friendly products will be available under one roof. Find out more innovative ways to be planet friendly from our exhibitors.

Jalpa Gold Organic Coffee

Jalpa Gold Organic Coffee is one of the most popular coffee brands manufactured in Nepal. Grown at an altitude of above 600m in Nuwakot district, the Arabica coffee is wet processed unlike others which are dry processed. USDA certified, Jalpa Gold is exported to several countries including Germany, Japan, Russia, and Korea. The company also recently launched its instant coffee which you can purchase at the EcoFair.

Himalayan Naturals

For the past four years, Himalayan Naturals has been involved in facilitating the production of agro-based, natural hand made goods like briquettes, quilts, and organic ginger in rural villages of Dolakha and Sindhupalchok. The organisation also helps market these products both within Nepal and internationally.

National College-Centre for Development Studies

National College-Centre for Development Studies was established in 1999 with the aim of promoting sustainable development through rigorous academics. The college offers two multidisciplinary academic programs: Bachelor’s in Development Studies and Bachelor’s in Development Finance in affiliation with Kathmandu University. Under the Nepal-Japan exchange program, students and faculty members of the two countries have the opportunity to collaborate with each other on research and social work in sustainable development.

Birthday Forest

As Nepal’s once dense forests gradually dwindle, one company is determined to give them a chance to grow back. Winner of Pivot Nepal 2013 ‘social’ award, the recently launched Birthday Forest encourages Nepalis to plant trees on their birthdays. For just Rs 980, you can not only plant a tree in one of the 17,000 community forests across Nepal, but also have it named after you and you don’t even have to worry about taking care of your plant because the company will look after it for three years. So give yourself the greenest gift this year.

Bird Conservation Nepal

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) seeks to promote interest in birds among the Nepali public, encourage research, and identify major threats to their habitats and survival. The foremost scientific authority providing accurate data and information on birds and their habitats throughout Nepal, BCN is also part of the BirdLife International Partnership, a network of more than 117 organisations around the world, working on a global agenda to conserve birds and their habitats.

One Planet Solution

Since 2011 One Planet Solution has been providing eco-friendly and economical solutions to the capital’s water, energy, and waste crisis.The company’s SmartPaani systems include rainwater harvesting, water recycling, wastewater treatment, water filtration and consultancy. SmartPaani goes one step beyond to not only store and recharge rainwater, but also make rainwater safe for drinking. Its energy branch, SmartUrja, was recently awarded the first prize at Nepal Renewable Energy-Waste to Energy Bazar organised by AEPC and the World Bank.

Innovative Energy

Established in 2009, Innovative Energy (iEnergy) has been working in the field of energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy. The company promotes intelligent energy efficiency solutions from the UK. Its products include Realtime Energy Management System, Intelligent motor energy controller (iMEC), air conditioner energy saver, chiller unit energy saver, high efficiency LED lights, and solar street lights. iEnergy products help save upto 50 per cent of energy.

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