• Kavishan Dissanayake

"Back to Earth and Beyond" - The Sri Lankan Organic Stationery Brand

Back to Earth and Beyond (B2E & Beyond) is specialized in environment friendly corporate gifts and recycled stationery items. A family-owned enterprise which began production as a small home-based workshop has now gone beyond seas, placing Sri Lanka on the world map for exports of corporate gifts. 

Today we have with The Retreeit Green Chat , Mr Jayampath Attanayake - Managing Director of Back to Earth and Beyond to talk to us about his journey.

What is " Back to Earth and Beyond" and how did this all start?

This established in 1997 by my late brother Senarath Attanayake, a lawyer by profession but more of a community service professional, who has contributed a great service to the disabled community, especially in the Monaragala District. B2E & Beyond use nature’s discards to create environmentally friendly, rare and exclusive handmade products which are used across the world as corporate gifts, giveaways and souvenirs.

What makes these products stand out from the other recycled and up-cycled stationery we find in the market?

The unique thing about our products is the fact that all raw materials used are from the discards of nature which is crafted artistically to create an exquisite range of corporate gift items and giveaways. All products are handmade by poor households at Moneragala, Sri Lanka – creating employment and occupation for the lower tier within the economic circle. Another unique thing is that this chain of employees or these cottage workers include those who are disabled, either by birth or during some time of their life – giving them a sense of hope for living.Our main aim is to create employment to the disabled community and make them independent.

What are these products you have introduced to the market ?

We have a range of products including cinnamon and tea based stationary products such as pencils, pens all made by using organic cinnamon and tea branches. We have wooden gift items made out of up-cycled wood such as pen holders, memory sticks, photo frames, paper dispensers, coasters, notebook covers and organizers and these can also be customized to suit the requirement of the client. All products are made out of discarded tree branches in addition to throwaway wood from rural backyards, plantations and carpentries located in rural Uva Province. In addition to this, we also produce handmade and recycled wrapping paper which is a hot favourite of upmarket boutiques and retail chains in Sri Lanka and the US. 

So you have developed an international brand already. That is Great. Where can interested parties purchase these unique products ?

Yes , we can proudly say that B2E & Beyond currently manufacture products for leading customers located in the US and Europe.The products can be purchased locally from Odel and other leading retail chains as well.For more information anyone can reach out to us through our website www.backtoearth.lk or our social media pages.

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