Our Story

We are Mark and Claire and are the people behind Paper High.

Since 2001 we have specialised in selling Fair Trade paper products and unusual eco-friendly gifts made in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. All our products are handmade using locally sourced sustainable and recycled materials wherever possible.

How Paper High began

Paper High was born out of our love of travelling. We have travelled far and wide but it's Asia that we have taken to our hearts.

In 1998 we set off on a year long round-the-world trip ‐ three years later we were still having an incredible time and were heading for a life-changing experience. An unexpected change in destination, an extended stay in Kathmandu and a chance meeting with a paper maker making beautiful products sowed the seed of an exciting business idea.

We returned from our trip with two boxes of handmade journals and photo albums ‐ the start of the Paper High empire! We set up a stall at Camden Market and tried and tested our products, gaining a valuable understanding of our customers along the way. We found that people loved the unique quality of our handmade books as much as we did and our business has grown from there.

Further travels have led to us finding more great Fair Trade suppliers in India, Nepal and in Sri Lanka too, including our elephant dung paper producer! 

How we choose our products and producers

Where our products come from and how they are made are very important to us.

We only work with small family businesses, community incentives, charities and accredited Fair Trade organisations and our promise is that every product on this site is Fair Trade as set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). All our products are handmade by skilled artisans using sustainable or recycled materials wherever possible.

It is an absolute must to us that we have a mutually beneficial relationship with our fair trade suppliers. We love and respect the people we work with and have got to know them and their families well over the years and consider them true friends. It is always a joy to visit them and catch up on all the news.

We are happy to be able to bring you products we love that combine our two passions ‐ travel and Fair Trade ‐ and we very much hope you like them too.