When Dr. Karl Wald traveled to Sri Lanka, he discovered that elephants were being killed because they destroy agriculture.
He and his friend, Thusitha Ranasinghe, created Mr. Ellie Pooh, a company that sells elephant dung paper to give the elephant an economical purpose, so people do not kill them.
The Fair Trade Federation member company partners with farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. The company finds markets and customers for these craftspeople’s gifts.
“Mr. Ellie Pooh is about more than just paying a fair wage,” the company notes. “Our company has fostered relationships with every artisan group we work with. In most cases, they tell us what a fair price for items is.”