Let's talk about Paper # 1 - Elephant Dung Paper November 26 2013

The Imagination Spot uses many different kinds of paper for our products. We try our best to use environmentally friendly paper and materials whenever possible. Some of the papers we use are very unique in themselves.

So we thought why not talk about one of our papers today. We loved using Elephant Dung paper for one of our Christmas block printed cards. Now you might ask why would anyone want to use dung paper? Compared to using wood, this paper is made with 100% recycled content uses 44% less energy, produces 38% less greenhouse gas emissions, 41% less particulate emissions, 50% less waste water, 49% less solid waste and - of course - 100% less wood.

We are using Mr. Ellie Pooh’s paper made in Sri Lanka. Elephants in Sri Lanka are being killed at an alarming rate. Elephants are perceived by the local villagers as a threat to their crops. This new industry is using elephant dung with hopes that this will give value to having elephants as neighbors turning them into an asset rather than a threat.

Poinsettia Linocut Christmas Card

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 our paper making process. Natural vegetative binding agents, along with water-soluble salt dyes for coloring are used. Mr. Ellie Pooh’s papers are handmade, acid free and as organic as it gets.

Here is a link to their website if you would like to know more about their paper.

http://mrelliepooh.com/index.html

We love this paper and will continue to use it for other designs. And best of all, it doesn’t stink!