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Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


Why I Write My Thank-You Notes on Recycled Elephant Poop Paper

Ellie Pooh paper (1 of 2)

You don’t even have to actually tell the recipient of your thank-you card that it’s written on recycled elephant poop paper.

But why wouldn’t you?

Mr. Ellie Pooh is a small company that makes eco-friendly, fair trade papers from 50% recycled post-consumer paper and 50% Sri Lankan elephant dung. Their products are available at fair trade and other specialty stores (I bought the note cards in these photos at the Cincinnati Zoo). The mission of Mr. Ellie Pooh is to lessen human/elephant conflict by giving those who live around elephants a source of income that relies on the elephants. To that end, every purchase of a note card helps those local economies see their elephants as an asset, not a nuisance.

And also?

You get to write on paper that’s made of poop!

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to Why I Write My Thank-You Notes on Recycled Elephant Poop Paper

  1. Tina says:

    Love the last line!

    I’ve wondered what uses poop could be. We read in a book somewhere that dried horse droppings make a great fire starter. I would imagine cow poop would be as well.

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