These blank journals are manufactured in Sri Lanka, a country where elephants and humans have long competed over scarce land resources resulting in injury on both sides, The paper is made from 75% elephant dung and recycled paper, no trees are cut down to make the paper and the production of the paper directly contributes to the villagers' income thereby linking it to the survival of the elephants.
Size: Approximately 21.5cm x 15.5cm
Note: Elephant design colours may vary from those shown. Variations in journal colour will occur as this is a natural product.
Why Elephant dung?
Elephants are vegetarians, spending 17 – 19 hours a day feeding. An adult elephant eats up to 180kg of plant fibre every day and goes to the toilet 16 times a day producing about 100kg of dung. This dung is rich in cellulose and is ideal for making paper using traditional handmade paper making methods.
How is it made?
First the dung is sun dried and then sterilized by boiling it at 120 degrees in a sealed high-pressure boiler.
The pulp is then mixed to break up the fibers. Recycled office waste is then added for consistency, before being spread on to submerged screens to create sheets of paper. No bleaches or acids are used in the production of the paper with salt dyes used to create the beautiful colours.
Even the small pieces of pulp paper that drop to the bottom of the tank are used to create the cut-outs which decorate our finished products.
This process takes 13 days to complete, leaving a soft, naturally textured paper. And in case you are wondering…No, it does not smell!