January 1, 2011
Today, the new Kilipaper market opened at the Kiviwama site at Plot No. 324, Njoro Juu Spring, Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
The market provides a place for people to shop for natural, local artwork incorporating paper made by Kiviwama as part of its environmental conservation efforts. The paper is made by the most natural of processes, with no artificial ingredients and virtually no carbon footprint.
The new building also fits perfectly with the natural feel of the Kiviwama site, as it blends in with its natural surroundings and provides an attractive and accessible site for the sale of Kilipaper's artwork.
Kiviwama's Secretary General Samweli Mochiwa is pleased to have an on-site market that provides as natural and attractive an addition to Kiviwama as Kilipaper's artwork itself.
September 30, 2010
Today, Kilipaper submitted its entry in the GreenAwards 2010 competition for best green product.
The competition awards the entrant that produces the “best ‘sustainable’, ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’ products that meet or exceed environmentally responsible criteria as well as provide customers’ satisfaction and business value.” Criteria include a responsible and visionary growth strategy, a significantly decreased environmental impact, a reduced environmental burden from the product’s manufacturing, use and disposal and the potential and willingness to share expertise to allow others to implement similar processes.
Kilipaper’s hand made paper is as sustainable as products come. Incorporated into locally produced artwork, Kilipaper is made nearly entirely from locally grown trees, and made by hand by members of the Kiviwama community based organization. As such, its production consumes virtually no fossil fuel, emits virtually no carbon dioxide and generates fully biodegradable finished products, all while helping to fund and publicize Kiviwama’s conservation efforts. The finished product offers a beautiful and unique alternative to local artists looking to incorporate new and distinctive, but no less local and genuine, materials into artwork sold in the thriving tourist art market in the Kilimanjaro region.
The Green Awards competition is based in the United Kingdom and has been recognizing excellence in sustainability and environmental awareness since 2006.