Our current line of products includes three types of products, made in various parts of the world. Currently our products come from India and Spain but we are constantly scouting for more eco-friendly products from other countries, so check back often!
PAPER GOODS AND CARDS
These items are all created from elephant dung, the ultimate in recycling! The dung is collected from shrines in Rajasthan, India, where the animals are used for transportation. Once retrieved, the plant fibers are removed from the dung and turned into paper. Basically, the elephants are used as the vegetation processors. What is leftover is given to local farmers as natural fertilizer. The graphics are developed by Mahima, a designer and handmade paper expert in Delhi, who came across the idea to develop elephant poo paper after a visit to a shrine in Jaipur. She returns 4% of proceeds to the Elephant Welfare Project in Jaipur, a mobile veterinary service endorsed by the Humane Society.
PURSES AND BAGS
Our bags, purses and wallets come from two locations. Items made from recycled kitesurf and vinyl banners are fashioned in Barcelona, Spain by Demano. This company was founded in 1999 in order to find a use for the banners used to promote Barcelona’s festivals and exhibitions. Later they expanded to the kitesurf line as kites with a small tear can no longer be used for surfing but the vast majority of this strong, lightweight and attractive material is still in excellent condition. This kitesurf material makes an excellent basis for messenger bags and totes.
Products fashioned from recycled plastic bags and inner tube are made by the non-profit agency Conserve in Delhi, India. This non-profit developed a method to turn the discarded plastic bags that swarm around Delhi and clog sewers into sheets of material that can be used to create all types of personal accessories. The unskilled workers of the area are paid a fair wage for the loads of plastic bags they deliver to Conserve and gradually work their way up to creating these modern works of art. The unusual names of the products are stars and songs from Bollywood, the uniting feature of a multi-lingual, multi-cultural Indian workforce.
In the southern Indian city of Auroville, these bracelets, necklaces and earrings are created from handmade paper made only from vegetation fibers. The jewelry is free from toxic substances, its manufacture does not require the felling of trees, and no endangered plant species are used for its production. The workforce is pulled from neighboring villages and receives fair wages and a working environment passionate about continous learning and creative collaboration.