Turning Elephant Dung into Paper: An Eco-Friendly Solution!

A Sustainable Innovation to Safeguard Forests and Wildlife!

Freda Savahl
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The vision of an entrepreneur!

Thusitha Ranasinghe’s family has been involved in the international paper import business for three generations.

However, 24 years ago, the Sri Lankan printer had a groundbreaking idea. He envisioned making paper using an eco-friendly process using local fibers found in elephant waste.

His innovative choice to utilize elephant dung as his primary material initially sparked skepticism from his community.

However, his idea was quite sensible.

Elephant droppings in Sri Lanka:

There is an abundance of droppings in a country with 2,500–4,000 wild elephants.

Elephants are herbivores:

Their waste contains a high percentage of intact fibers, making it an ideal raw material for paper production.

Additionally, this idea has helped reduce conflict between elephants and locals…

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Freda Savahl
ILLUMINATION

Retired Nurse Practitioner WHC /Contract Provider Deployment Military Services. US Citizen. Immigrant from South Africa 1978.