Maximus Elephant Dung Paper Factory
Started as a paper factory to utilize waste paper from all over Sri Lanka, they soon realized the use of elephant dung, which is made of fibers of digested fruits, vegetables, leaves and bark as elephants are vegetarians. Today they use a mix of elephant dung(75%) and waste paper to create hand made paper.
We were greeted at the gate by our guide. She took us through the factory floor as she showed us the process of how elephant dung and waste paper is mixed, sterilized, processed and pressed to produce hand made paper of various colour and thickness. Once paper is made, they process it to make various products, from writing materials, to calendars, diaries, notebooks, bookmarks and what not. You can pick up a variety of their products at the shop attached. You will find their retail shop in Colombo and even at the airport.
It is like a small cottage industry where the villagers earn from a product made in a environmentally friendly manner. MEF too gets a share from the profits, which help them in conservation of Elephus Maximus Maximus or Sri Lankan Elephant from which the company name (Maximus elephant dung paper factory) was derived. If you can, definitely support them by picking up some gifts for friends and family back home.