Himalayan Wild Fibers manufactures a textile fibre from the stalk of the wild Himalayan nettle. The plant grows abundantly in a remote part of northern Nepal, on steep forest terrain unsuitable for other crops. Founded as an economic development venture, the company works with local subsistence farmers who harvest the stalks. By liaising with Community Forest Users Groups, the company ensures fair pay and has improved the lives of thousands of families in the region. Harvesting the older stalks each year stimulates new leaf growth, which absorbs more carbon dioxide, and promotes soil stabilisation through new root growth. The project has already contributed to reforestation in the area, with forestry professionals predicting a net positive impact. The brand extracts the bast fibre, which is longer, stronger and more elastic than flax fibres, and refines it to sell to mills that support its ethos of economic, social and environmental empowerment.