Did you know that some paper is made from elephant poop? ‘Tis true! It’s called “elephant dung paper”. Who would’ve thought of doing this? Here’s the story:
The man behind the paper is Mr. Wanchai. On his way home from work he used to pass a natural paper factory and was impressed at the simplicity of the process that used natural tree fibers to make high quality hand made paper. He then took a trip to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang Northern Thailand and saw piles and piles of dung. He looked at the dung and noticed that the dung was very fibrous. This was the birth of the idea.
The next step was to take home a carload of dung to his house. His wife was amused and at this stage very patient. Try as he could he could not get the paper just right. He used the family food processor to cut the long fibers to a shorter length — his wife finally lost her patience.
I can see someone getting upset with putting poop in the food processor. I’d be leery of using it for food ever again, no matter how much cleaning. Anyway, as you might imagine, he eventually figured out the process, and now sells it. You can read more at the official website: the history of Elephant Dung Paper.
This is good for the environment, I reckon — they’re taking waste and making a useful product with it. And each elephant produces enough poop for about 115 sheets of paper a day.
That isn’t the only company that does this, either. There’s another one that makes “Poo Poo Paper“. They use “naturally dried elephant dung”, then they rinse it off, then put it in boiling water, then add some fruit fibers, then separate it into “cakes” or “wafers”, and then let it dry. They can make about 25 large sheets of paper from one turd.
Would you buy Poo Poo Paper or Elephant Dung Paper to help save the environment?