Thursday, 23 April 2015
Handmade items come with a certain charm and with that irreplaceable personal touch of having been individually made by a person rather than made by machines. Fairtrade products are handmade and they come from many different countries around the globe. The range of Fair Trade products is extensive and the items often fascinating. They are interesting because of the stories behind the products and because of the different ways in which they are made and the different designs they come in.
Fairtrade products offer an impressive and unusual range of items that have been made skilfully by hand and the positive impact the sales of these items has on the lives of the artisans of course is life changing
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Elephant Paper is 100% recycled, made from a mixture of Elephant Dung and post-consumer waste paper. This amazing recycled paper is made in Sri Lanka, a country where elephants and humans compete over scarce land resources resulting in injury on both sides. The production of this paper directly contributes to the villager’s income and in that way helps to ensure the survival of the elephants.
To make this beautiful handmade paper, the dung is sun dried and then boiled in a pressurised boiler at 120° to kill any bacteria. Then it is mixed to form a pulp and dyed using salt dyes, before it is put into a mould and submerged in water. The paper is then dried naturally in the shade. No trees are cut down to make the paper and no chemicals or acids are used in its production.