Himalayan Naturals: Pioneering Eco-Friendly Charcoal and the Battle Against Forest Fires

Himalayan Naturals: Pioneering Eco-Friendly Charcoal and the Battle Against Forest Fires

For aficionados of the perfect barbecue experience, the sight of charcoal pellets ensconced in the distinctive red and black packaging of Himalayan Naturals is likely a familiar one. These pellets, a cornerstone of exceptional grilling, are not just a near-essential itinerary for achieving a top-notch grilling experience; they represent a commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

These charcoal pellets are manufactured by Himalayan Naturals, a beacon of eco-conscious charcoal production. The raw materials for these charcoal pellets are meticulously sourced from the forest deposits and shrubs, collected by the local community enterprises. This dual-purpose collection not only ensures a quality product but also plays a vital role in mitigating the risk of forest fires, a burgeoning issue in recent times. Further, engagement of the local community enterprises contributes to job creation at the local level and socio-economic enhancement of the communities.

The inception of ‘Himalayan Naturals in 2009 was rooted in a noble cause - the conservation of community forests and the enhancement of the socioeconomic status of the nearby communities. Through steadfast dedication over the last 14 years, the company has forged strong partnerships with community enterprises across various districts, fostering job creation and producing eco-friendly briquettes and charcoal pellets. At present, the company has been working in Sindhupalchowk, Ramechhap, Bhaktapur, and Dolakha districts and directly and indirectly generating more than 190 employments.

The versatility of Himalayan Naturals' briquettes and charcoal extends beyond grilling, encompassing space heating and addressing the unsustainable use of charcoal and mined coals. Notably during the economic blockade in 2015, briquettes were also used as an alternative fuel for cooking purposes.

In recent years, Nepal has witnessed a significant increase in forest fires across Nepal. As per data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), there were 18,791 wildfires from 2013 to 2023, resulting in the tragic loss of 769 lives and injuries to 2,568 people, along with massive financial and ecological loss. The dry season, spanning from February to May, exacerbates the risk, with forest fires contributing significantly to air pollution. The collection of dry forest deposits by Himalayan Naturals has played a pivotal role in minimizing the potential occurrence of forest fires, thereby preserving the delicate balance of the forest ecosystem.

Himalayan Naturals is part of the USAID Business Accelerator for Clean Air. The program is assisting the company in diversifying its products to access larger market segments and offering strategic support to enhance its socioeconomic and environmental impact. By diversifying products and expanding into new markets, Himalayan Naturals intends to increase its sourcing areas, leading to additional local employment opportunities and contributing further to the prevention of forest fires.

As you peruse the shelves of your nearby Bhatbhateni, Big Mart, and other supermarkets, consider the profound impact of choosing Himalayan Naturals' charcoal pellets and briquettes. Beyond a delightful grilling experience, you are actively participating in ecological protection and the mitigation of forest fires. Himalayan Naturals invites you to be a conscious consumer, making a difference one barbecue at a time.