There’s no better gift for a writer than a beautifully blank journal. While searching for some paper goods for none other than myself (a writer, naturally), I stumbled upon The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company. Not exactly the most sophisticated brand name I’ve come across… but then again, we’re talking about paper made of elephant crap.
Offering a collection of 100 percent recycled—and odorless—paper gifts (think journals, note boxes and greeting cards), The Great Elephant uses dung collected from various conservation parks and processes it into paper sheets. And if you’re wondering, one average-sized piece of elephant poo makes 25 large sheets of paper!
This set of three journals (each with 20 unlined pages) retails for $31.99. Shipping is a flat $10. (A portion of profits is allocated to conservation and welfare programs for elephants.) More info @ www.poopoopaper.com.
If Belize is on your list of top places to see before you die, you won’t want to pass up Chaa Creek, a sustainable eco lodge that offers enough amenities to keep you busy for as long as you’d like to be, including historically-steeped tours of the Maya Temple sites, local caves, Mountain Pine Ridge.
Besides luxe lodging, exciting adventures and relaxing spa services, guests will find eco efforts that far exceed mandated standards. Here, travelers will find the base of the Belize Foundation for Conservation, an organization established by the resort founders to promote environmental education; a natural history center that adjoins the 365 acre Chaa Creek Nature Reserve; conservation projects like the Howler Monkey Reintroduction and archaeology research; local, ecologically educated Beliziean employees; and management practices that earned the resort recognition within the Rainforest Alliance’s “Green Globe” program (recycling programs, organic farming, energy-efficient lighting, and more.)
Rates start @ $105 per person. More info at www.chaacreek.com
The String Doll Gang® are funky looking little dolls made in Thailand using one continuous piece of string.
String Dolls® are loved by children of all ages but have small parts – please don’t buy for kids under the age of 8.
Size in inches: 2 1/4 to 2 1/2
Contains: chain and label. Note: These folks are all about fair trade.
$10.00 each @ kamibashi.com