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Elephant Dung Papers

Maximus Foundation,
Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Maximus Elephant Dung Paper started in 1997 with the intention to marry the interests of job creation, wildlife protection, elephant conservation and rural empowerment through the production of handmade paper from 100% waste material. Initially employing just 7 people, this Fair Trade and sustainable company now employs more than 200 people.

The production of the paper brings the elephant into the economy of the village while providing full time sustainable employment in rural areas where there is conflict between the wild elephants and farmers. This employment further reduces the need to clear more land for subsistence farming in these important elephant migration corridors. Maximus is trying to change the perception of rural Sri Lankans so that they come to value the elephants an economic asset rather than as a agricultural pest.

Elephant dung paper is environmentally friendly, non-bleached and sustainable. Made from Elephant Dung and rice paddy fibres, using all natural resources. The dung is firstly sun dried and then sterilized by boiling at 120 degrees in a sealed high-pressure boiler. The pulp is mixed in to break up the fibers. Recycled office waste is then added for consistency of the product, before being spread on to submerged screens to create sheets of paper.

There is NO bleaches or acids are used in the production of the paper with salt dyes used to create the beautiful colours. The entire process is sustainable. This process takes 13 days to complete, leaving a soft, naturally textured paper.

Maximus won the BBC World Challenge, a global competition for small businesses that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. It has also won the Green America Green Leadership Award for its efforts to build a more socially just and ecologically sustainable economy.

Production of the elephant dung paper also contributes to the Millennium Elephant Foundation which provides a sanctuary for aged elephants and respite care and medical services for working and temple elephants.

 

 

Elephant Dung Paper A4 10 sheet pack (single colour)  each  : $7.04
floorstock-ships 2 3 days
 :  edunet: $6.40

Elephant Dung Paper A4 15 sheet assorted pack   each  : $10.56
floorstock-ships 2 3 days
 :  edunet: $9.60

 


Pricing subject to handling and delivery charges.
FREE DELIVERY (all orders $1000 or more in Sydney Metro, Wollongong, Canberra, Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale)
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Payment: cheque, EFT, official school or goverment orderform, Visa, Mastercard.

 

 

 




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