It all begins with some elephant dung! Once the dung is collected and brought to the factory at Eco Maximus it spends a few days drying out in the sun. As the dung dries out the plant fibres become even more apparent and visible. This is what is needed for the paper.
The dung is then boiled to remove any odour and to sanitize the plant fibres. No chlorine or acid is used to the process remains eco-friendly. After the boiling process, the fibres are mixed with recycled paper to make the pulp. At this stage, the dyes are added (if applicable), and they can match any requested colour, making it very easy to customize and cater to the consumer. All dyes and binding agents consist entirely of organic vegetable products. The dyes used are water-soluble and salt-based so they don’t cause any harm to the environment or negative additions to the paper.
Once the pulp is mixed the papermaking process continues normally! The screen is placed in a vat of water and the pulp is scooped and poured onto the tray. It is spread evenly by hand to ensure the whole screen is covered and the all-natural vegetative binding agents help to hold the pulp together. The whole tray is then lifted from the water and placed on a pile where it is pressed to remove access water.
From here the sheets are hung to air dry for a few days. The drying process occurs away from sunlight to avoid unwanted crinkling of the paper.
Once the papers are dry they are stacked by colour and await production! The paper can be made into whatever – calendars, notepads, greeting cards – you name it! For products that require text, the paper will undergo printing at the Eco Maximus factory in Colombo. It then returns to the initial location to be completed. Designs that don't require printing are all done on-site. All cutting, pasting, painting and building of the product is done by hand.