Addis Sustainable Life
Resolution Project Fellow & African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC): Researching and Innovating / Being the Change

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Addis Sustainable Life


Addis Sustainable Life (ASL) is a campus sustainability and paper recycling social start-up which builds capacity for young volunteers to make impact in resource efficiency by creating awareness on sustainable living habits.

Hopes and Challenges

The three major impact ares of ASL are generally youth Capacity Building for Climate Action, Supporting Green Entrepreneurship and Creating Awareness on resource efficiency and proper waste management practices within campuses. ASL hopes to continue to reach more beneficiaries, more private companies, and increase the use of recycled paper.

Activity Description

ASL designs and distributes handmade, biodegradable products made from wastepaper and traditional raw materials like “kacha” and “enset” fibers. ASL also helps small-scale local enterprises market and distribute their handmade/eco-friendly paper products for private companies in Ethiopia.ASL blends Ethiopian indigenous skills with contemporary designs producing aesthetic paper products available for both local and international markets.

As a social venture, ASL is important as it addresses one of the most important elements of sustainability such as resource efficiency and paper waste recycling; mobilizing youth for climate action. Most importantly, ASL functions as a creative platform for young green entrepreneurs to create income by marketing and distributing eco-friendly paper products while helping protect their environment.

It also encourages and sensitizes private companies to go green while using aesthetic recycled paper products to promote their business.