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21 November 12
Markets On Bulcock, Caloundra
Green Damselfly has a stall at Markets on Bulcock, Caloundra most Sundays. The market is open 8am - 1pm most Sundays in the main street of Caloundra o ...
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13 May 11
Fair Trade And Green Market
Green Damselfly will be at the Fair Trade and Green Market at Caloundra, cnr Queen and Ulm Streets on Saturday 14 May. This event coincides with Fair ...
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04 May 11
Exciting Children's Toys, Games And Puppets In Stock
Some truly fantastic children’s products have just arrived from India and Bangladesh. Bright, colourful and fun puppets, dress ups, masks and a couple ...
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26 April 11
Spotlight Enterprise Global Child
The Global Child (TGC) is one of our eco ethical partners. It was founded in 2003, is a non-profit, non-political, non-partisan organization founded t ...
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05 April 11
Books From Black Ink Press
The Indigenous publisher Black Ink Press has just become our newest eco ethical partner. This follows our decision to support poverty alleviation in c ...
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How Eco paper is made

Every sheet of the treeless paper is uniquely handmade in an organic process which constantly promotes the development of the international Green Movement.

Some eco paper is made solely from non-tree fibre eg jute paper and elephant dung paper. For others the base fibre, or the vehicle, is composed of post consumer waste paper in the form of office paper, tetra pack containers, magazines and news papers etc. This post consumer waste paper is then mixed with one or more of the non-tree fibres. The proportion of this mix varies and no acids or bleaches are used in the production of paper we source. Natural colouring may be added to achieve attractive shades in the paper.

It is interesting to note that what some manufacturers call recycled paper often has little post consumer waste paper in its mix and uses tree pulp to make up the balance. Many of us feel deceived when we learn that many paper products labeled 'recycled' contain little post-consumer material.

It is important that we use post consumer waste to prevent it choking our landfills or going to incinerators. There is no shortage of wastepaper and we need to concentrate on using it, and taking waste paper to recycling centres.

Elephant dung paper

This is an innovative paper making source. An elephant’s diet is highly fibrous and, so too is their dung. Our elephant dung paper is handmade in Sri Lanka, a country where traditionally elephants and humans have competed over scarce land resources resulting in injury on both sides. The production of elephant dung paper directly contributes to the villagers' income, linking it to the survival of the elephants. Maximus Elephant Paper was recognised in 2006 as the winner of the BBC World Challenge, a global competition for small businesses that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. The paper again proved its green credentials, winning the Co-op America’s 'Green Business' of the year Leadership Award in 2008, recognizing the extraordinary leadership efforts of the business that has used its position in the marketplace to organize consumers and businesses together to build a more socially just and ecologically sustainable economy.

The process of converting elephant waste into paper is relatively straight forward and hands-on. The dung is collected from the elephant orphanage and dried in the sun. It is then washed with water, leaving only the fibrous material which is boiled and then beaten to produce a paste. The paste is levelled out on sieves. The sheets of paper are naturally dried and pressed between heavy rollers. The remaining waste from this process is used as fertiliser.

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