What is elephant dung paper?
All the elephant dung paper used to make the covers of the notebooks in our store is handmade at the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust in Sri Lanka.
A main difference between the process of making regular paper and elephant dung paper is that in elephant dung paper the fibres are pulped by the elephant, instead of by hand or machine, through digestion.
The elephant dung is collected and then boiled with margosa leaves, which are a natural disinfectant, and finally mixed with 25% recycled paper.
Each sheet is unique, as the shade and smuttiness of the paper depends on the elephant diet!
The beautiful paper inside the notebooks is handmade from paddy husk, a by-product of Sri Lanka’s rice milling industry. Its high fibre and silica content produces a lovely smooth paper and because rice is the staple food of the country there is plenty of paddy husk available.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
By buying this product you are helping improve life for the majestic elephants of Sri Lanka.
All the products in this range are made by skilled and creative artisans using elephant dung paper from the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust.
Maximus has its workshop in the grounds of the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), a wonderful small charity that cares for sick, old and disabled elephants. The foundation is also working hard to resolve the conflict between elephants and local communities, a critical concern as the elephants' natural habitat decreases and they turn to eating farmers' crops.
Working with initiatives like Maximus, they are able to show the positive relationship local economies can have with these amazing animals - a simple example of this is that they pay villagers to collect the elephant dung which is used to make the paper.
By buying this product you will help the foundation continue its incredible work.