Anne received a box of Mr. Ellie Pooh’s elephant dung paper for Christmas. It was a gift from Joanie. The box lid is pictured above. The box holds a stack of multicolored 3″ square slips of paper, suitable for grocery lists and the like. The product description says that the Ellie Pooh’s paper is handmade with a mixture of elephant dung and post consumer paper. They are pulped to perfection by the elephants of Sri Lanka. This product is the winner of the Green America’s 2008 Green Business Award and is the BBC World Challenge 2006 Winner. The following graphic shows the paper’s product development cycle: eat, poop, boil & sanitize, pulp, resulting in clean, odorless, eco-friendly acid free paper.
Mr. Ellie Pooh’s mission is to reduce the ongoing Human and Elephant conflict. They’ve opened handmade paper facilities in rural areas, trained local villagers to make paper and hired artisans to embellish their goods. They hope that such an initiative will self educate the villagers into living, working and respecting the elephant, instead of killing them. Have them look at the elephants more as an asset instead of as a threat. Mr. Ellie Pooh’s paper products are 100% recycled. They are made up of 50% fiber from elephant dung and 50% post consumer paper. There are no toxic chemicals used in the paper making process. Natural vegetative binding agents, along with water-soluble salt dyes for coloring are used. Ellie Pooh’s paper is handmade, acid free and as organic as it gets.