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Working towards Sustainability in Ladakh


ZERo waste ladakh

Zero Waste Ladakh is a registered nonprofit trust based in Leh with 12A and 80G certification working together with the local communities to address the growing problem of waste in Ladakh.

Ladakh is a high altitude, desert region in the Indian Himalayas, known for its breathtaking landscapes and extremely harsh winters. Due to its inaccessible geographical location, Ladakh remained cut off from the rest of the country until as late as the 1970s. ...

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The Challenge

Ladakh is among the most stunning parts of India and the Himalayas. The jagged, arid mountains and the vast uninhabited hinterlands offer some of the most spectacular landscapes on our planet. However, the amount of waste produced in this region is staggering and it warrants immediate attention.


A lot of the waste is disposed by burning or dumping in abandoned sites and pristine water bodies. The unregulated disposal of waste pollutes soil and water and leads to loss of valuable materials.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve, protect and restore the environment and natural beauty of the ecologically-sensitive, high altitude region of Ladakh by developing sustainable solutions to the problem of waste, which has resulted from lack of environmental concern and awareness, over-tourism, and unplanned development.

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Our Action

Research & documentation to generate information on waste

which will give an insight into both the problem and its solutions.

Recovery & upcycling of waste materials with the help of local community for conserving resources as well as creating economic and social value out of waste.

Skill development & livelihood generation for local individuals and self-help groups (SHGs) in making sustainable, upcycled products from waste.

Awareness & advocacy to reduce consumption, prevent waste generation, value resources, and protect and preserve nature.

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Our Impact

Upcycling fabric waste

Recovered and reused fabric waste from local tailor shops to make a variety of products, including reusable shopping bags as a sustainable alternative to single-use carry bags.

Skill Development and
Livelihood Generation

Provided training to local individuals and self-help groups (SHGs) in tailoring from fabric waste which has empowered them to generate income for themselves.

Raising Awareness

Highlighted waste-related issues and advocated for behavioural change by making use of various means, such as website, blog, social media, talks, presentations, and meetings.

About Us


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