Paper High

Brand:  Paper High
Colour:  White / Off-White
Material:  Elephant Dung Paper
Homewares type:  Notebook



Paper High is proud to uphold the principles of being a Fair Trade company as set out by the World Fair Trade Organization to ensure that we value our producers' skills, traditions and earning potential as well as benefit the local economy as a whole.

We work directly with existing cooperatives, charities and family run businesses to produce all the products you see on this website. We have seen for ourselves the positive impact Fair Trade has on the most marginalised groups of people and we are determined to support this as much as possible in the way we run our business.

 

Elephant dung paper notebook

Our elephant dung notebooks are Fair Trade and made from 75% elephant dung and 25% recycled paper – yes really!  Elephant dung paper is the ultimate in recycling - it's made up of 75% dung and 25% recycled paper, with the elephants in charge of the pulping process of paper-making as they digest their food!

Perfect for use as a journal or simply as an everyday notebook, they make a really quirky, fun gift for an elephant lover. 

The large notebook measures approx 15.5cm wide and 20.5cm high, the medium book measures 11.5cm wide and 14.5cm high, the small book measures approx 9.5cm wide and 11.5cm high.

The notebooks are filled with approximately 60 pages of paddy husk paper, a beautiful handmade paper that is very smooth and easy to write on with any pen of your choice. All the paper is acid-free.

They are hand made by skilled artisans from the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust in Sri Lanka who complete the designs with a brass elephant motif. The motifs are all hand finished so may be a slightly different design to the image shown.

Maximus has its workshop in the grounds of the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), a wonderful small charity that cares for sick, old and disabled elephants. The foundation is also working hard to resolve the conflict between elephants and local communities, a critical concern as the elephants' natural habitat decreases and they turn to eating farmers' crops.

Working with initiatives like Maximus, they are able to show the positive relationship local economies can have with these amazing animals - a simple example of this is that they pay villagers to collect the elephant dung which is used to make the paper.

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We are confident that you will be delighted with your purchase, however to ensure that you are completely satisfied All's Fair offers a "no quibbles" 28-day returns policy.

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason then you can return it to us for a refund or replacement.

For more details see our Returns & Refunds page.

Payment

We take online payments via PayPal.

If you prefer not to pay this way, we can take your card payment over the phone. Just give Joanna a ring on 01757 617143 - 10am to 8pm 7 days a week. If she's popped to the Post Office leave a message and she'll call you back.

Delivery

Royal Mail 1st Class delivery costs £3.50 in the UK for orders up to £15 and is free for orders over £15

We offer a home delivery service in the local area. Home delivery costs £3.50 for orders up to £10 and free for orders £10 and over in the following postcode areas: 

YO1, YO8, YO10, YO17, YO19, YO23, YO24, YO26, YO30,, YO32, YO41-43, YO51, YO60-61, HU15, DN14, LS24-25

Non-UK Customers:

Customers outside of the UK will have their order shipped by Royal Mail's International Standard service. The cost for delivery depends on the weight of the goods you are purchasing, and ranges from £5.00 to £15.00 per item - you can see the exact cost of shipping in the Shopping Basket before you checkout.

Non-UK customers have the option to upgrade the delivery service to Royal Mail's 'International Tracked & Signed' or 'International Signed' service, for an additional fee of £5.50.

Estimated delivery times are 3 to 5 working days to Europe, and up to 7 working days for the Rest of the World.

Paper High is a BAFTS member based in E Sussex. Here's what they say about themselves:

Paper High is proud to uphold the principles of being a Fair Trade company as set out by the World Fair Trade Organization to ensure that we value our producers' skills, traditions and earning potential as well as benefit the local economy as a whole.

We work directly with existing cooperatives, charities and family run businesses to produce all the products you see on this website. We have seen for ourselves the positive impact Fair Trade has on the most marginalised groups of people and we are determined to support this as much as possible in the way we run our business.

How we work with our producers

  • In addition to established fair trade producers we will only buy products from small family run workshops that share the same passion about fair trade that we do.
  • When we are looking for new producers we will initially look for existing co-operatives, NGO's, groups working within community initiatives, charities and marginalised workers ‐ producers who aim to have a positive impact on society as a whole.
  • We believe in the empowerment of local communities and are prepared to pay a premium for a product to support this.
  • When taking on new producers we are looking for long-term relationships so both we and our supplier can plan for future growth.
  • All producers must be completely transparent in terms of commercial operations.
  • We will fully inspect each new producers ensuring that they conform to all fair trade guidelines and are intending to work on these at all times.
  • We aim that the producers should receive an income that improves their standard of living. At the very minimum it will be the rate set out by their co-operative or a fair rate based on the cost of the materials and time involved in the production of the goods.
  • We will always pay at least 50% upfront for all orders placed by us to our producers and will always forward extra when needed and pay the balance of the order as soon as we receive it.
  • All artisans will be paid equally regardless of race, caste or gender.
  • We will use, wherever possible, local traditionally made materials, cutting down its carbon footprint and keeping work within the local community. We are prepared to pay a premium for this if necessary.
  • We will visit producers at least once a year to give feedback and to discuss any quality and distribution problems we might have and to work on new designs.
  • We will use this yearly visit to discuss Fair Trade policies and to plan where we can improve in the coming year.
  • We work closely with producers on the development of new products that will help our relationship with them to continue and grow. In doing so we take care to respect the traditional designs and techniques and value input from our producers.

We are a small home based business.

We keep all stock at home, so when you place an order, we don't have to travel to collect or package your items. It's all done in our home office.

We package the majority of our goods in recycled plastic mailing bags. Originally we started doing this to protect against rainwater, but now it means you have the option to disinfect the package when it arrives in your home.

We have been strictly observing the government's advice and have been socially distancing - staying in apart from for essential trips - since 16 March.

As far as we can be sure, nobody who lives in or has visited our home has been ill since the outbreak hit the UK.

We use the Royal Mail and very occasionally Parcelforce for deliveries. We have a "Drop & Go" account so we don't have to wait in line or get within 2 metres of anyone when we post out your goods. As long as our local post offices are open, and we remain well, we will get your orders out. Like a lot of essential services, the Royal Mail is under pressure with staff self-isolating, so your parcel may not arrive as quickly as you would normally expect, None of this is normal, but we'll get through it together.

Artisans and producers in low income countries rely on fair trade to support their families. Fair trade has helped build some resilience into the communities we help in the form of better hygiene and sanitation, better nutrition and healthcare support. Most of the countries where our goods originate have banned exports and imports to limit the spread of the virus. This means workers are unable to get their work to us, and in some cases their workshops are closed. Our suppliers are continuing to pay for and place orders to keep their producers going through what we hope is a very short-lived period in our lives. In contrast, high street fashion companies in the UK have cancelled $1.5bn in orders with garment factories in Bangladesh, putting thousands of low paid women out of work.

The need for fair trade has never been clearer. Thank you for your support and stay safe and well.

 

 


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