Working towards sustainability in the high Himalayas
ZERo waste ladakh
ZERO WASTE LADAKH is a nonprofit organisation working in the high Himalayas to address the growing problem of waste.
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. ...
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.
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 over-tourism, rapid and unplanned development, drastic changes in the lifestyles of the locals, and a severe lack of environmental concern and awareness.
Carry out research & documentation to generate information on waste which will give an insight into both the problem and its solutions.
Create awareness among individuals and communities to prevent, reduce and manage waste.
Repurposing fabric waste with the help of local self-help groups to foster a circular economy.
Skill development for local individuals and self-help groups in making sustainable products by upcycling fabric waste.
Create livelihood generation opportunities for the local self-help groups by engaging them in developing and marketing upcycled products.
The thrust of our work at ZERO WASTE LADAKH is protecting the environment of the high Himalayas. The protection of the environment depends strongly on socio-economic factors, such as the local economy, resource consumption, and societal mindset. ZERO WASTE LADAKH targets to impact this confluence of environmental, social, and economic factors. We are also working towards the global sustainable development agenda.