Elephant Dung Noteholder

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Our elephant dung note holders make a great quirky but practical gift. They are Fair Trade and a perfect addition to any desk or telephone table.

The elephant dung box is made from 75% elephant dung and 25% recycled paper – yes really! Each note holder comes with approx 50 individual sheets of handmade paddy husk paper inside. It’s a beautifully smooth, acid-free paper that is easy to write on with any pen of your choice. 

The note holders are handmade by skilled local artisans and each one is finished with a brass elephant motif on the top. The brass elephant motifs are all hand finished and maybe a slightly different design to the image shown.

Dimensions: 10 x 10 cm

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All the elephant dung paper used to make the boxes is handmade at the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust in Sri Lanka.

The process of making elephant dung paper is a little different from making regular handmade paper. The fibres are pulped by the elephant, instead of by hand or machine, whilst they are digesting, then the readymade pulp comes out the back! The elephant dung is collected then vigorously boiled with margosa leaves, which are a natural disinfectant. They are then mixed with 25% recycled paper, resulting in our beautiful elephant dung paper.

The coarseness and shade of the paper are entirely dependent on the elephants’ diet, making each sheet as unique as the elephant that produced it. The beautiful paper inside the notebooks is handmade from paddy husk, a by-product of Sri Lanka’s rice milling industry. Its high fibre and silica content produces a lovely smooth paper and because rice is the staple food of the country there is plenty of paddy husk available.

To see the rest of our Elephant Dung Range click here

Making a difference elephantThe products in our elephant dung range are made by skilled and creative artisans using elephant dung paper from the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust.

The ultimate in recycling, elephant dung is collected and boiled to sterilise it before the paper-making process. As unique as the animal that helped to produce it, each piece of paper is different depending on the diet of the elephant.

Improving the outlook for the majestic elephants of Sri Lanka, Maximus has its workshop in the grounds of the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), a wonderful small charity that cares for sick, old, and disabled elephants. Working with initiatives like Maximus, the foundation is able to show the positive relationship local economies can have with these amazing animals, and work towards resolving the conflict between the elephants and the local communities as they turn to eating farmers’ crops as their natural habitat is destroyed.

By making a purchase, you are helping to continue the fantastic work of our producers.

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As Above Dear Rachel,

Thank you for leaving us positive feedback.

I hope that your unusual Eco friendly gift was well received. We are happy to hear that you were pleased with the Elephant dung note holder.

Many thanks for shopping Fair Trade with us.


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