Walking the National Stationery Store aisles takes a lot of stamina, and so as C and I got to the end of one aisle towards the middle of the show area we stopped for a snack and a rest. That's when C spotted some small, unadorned tables loaded with paper and brochures quite a distance from the rest of the booths.
Welcome to Mr. Ellie Pooh, 100% recycled paper made from 75% elephant dung and 25% post consumer paper using natural vegetative binding agents in the paper-making process and water-soluble salt dyes for coloring. Given how "green" many of the booths at the NSS were, I have to say this was the only manufacturer marketing elephant dung paper.
C and I spoke with Karl Wald, the guy behind Mr. Ellie Pooh, for a few minutes and looked at the different pooh products. And there are a lot of them to check out! Note pads, memo pads, pins, stationery, pooh paper heart boxes in an assortment of distinctive colors--check out the website for the product line and retailers in your area.
What does the paper feel like? Amazingly, it does remind me of linen or rag paper. There's a wonderful roughness to it that puts me in mind of the fine paper at Kate's Paperie or other paper shops. I'm not sure how fountain pen friendly this paper might be, but I'll look for it in NYC and report back to everyone.