Introducing Mr. Ellie Pooh...
Saving Lives & Making a Global Impact
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Sri Lanka is home to about a tenth of the world’s total 40,000 Asian elephants in the wild. However, elephants in Sri Lanka are being killed —not for their tusks, meat, or hides—but simply because they interfere with agriculture.
The elephant is running out of space in Sri Lanka. Additionally, in farming communities, their sheer size and gargantuan appetite make them a threat to crops. There are no easy solutions for resolving the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka - much depends on how humans who live there perceive the worth of the elephant. The only way for elephants and humans to co-exist successfully in the same environment is through developing ways in which the elephant is proven to be a sustainable economic resource.
Dr. Karl Wald and paper maker Thusitha Ranasinghe share a love of animals and concern for the environment. In 2005, they found themselves looking for a way to save the elephants in Sri Lanka, where farmers are shrinking their habitat and killing the elephants who are damaging crops.
Elephant dung is a commodity that is freely available. An adult elephant produces about 500 lbs. per day. Since an elephant’s diet is all vegetarian, the waste produced is basically raw cellulose. Thoroughly cleaned and processed, the cellulose is converted into a uniquely beautiful textured product; acid-free, linen-like paper, marketed as Ellie Pooh paper. New uses for Ellie Pooh paper are being found every day; the only limit is one’s imagination.
Karl and Thusitha believe that providing sustainable papermaking jobs gives value to elephants and providing sustainable papermaking jobs gives value to elephants. While it may not completely resolve the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka, Ellie Pooh paper is already going a long way toward raising the tolerance of farmers toward the elephants — by actually compensating them for damage to their crops. For this reason the elephant is seen more as an economic asset and less as a nuisance or threat. The people will not want to see the elephant disappear from their midst.
Ellie Pooh paper plays an important role in saving the population of Asian elephants in Sri Lanka.