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.
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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