Treeless paper made from elephant poop? (video)

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[image-1]And how is this poo turned into paper, you ask? "Since an elephant’s diet is all vegetarian, the waste produced is basically raw cellulose. Thoroughly cleaned and processed, the cellulose is converted into a uniquely beautiful textured product," says elephant poo paper purveyor Mr. Ellie Poo. Since elephants produce about 500 lbs of poop a day, I'd say this is definitely a sustainable resource.

This acid free, linen-like papyrus-type paper contains no dyes, chemical additives, or bleach, and only non-toxic soil dyes are used to color the paper. Better yet, absolutely no trees are used to create this ecologically innovative paper product. Rice paddy straw, cinnamon and banana bark were seen as waste products that were simply thrown away and are now used to add flavor and color the paper.

[image-2]Mr. Ellie Poo states: "If the elephant is used as an economic asset that contributes meaningfully to the welfare of the people, then the people themselves will not want to see it disappear from their area." Elephant poop paper could prove to be a sustainable, profitable advantage to the Sri Lanka's economy. This seems to be a win-win situation for everyone.

Elephant poo paper can be found in the form of notebooks and cards, as well as the traditional paper version.

Interested in purpchasing some poo paper? Visit Mr. Ellie Poo or Elephant Dung Paper to buy it online. Locally, Why Not Boutique in Palma Ceia, Tampa, carries elephant poo notebooks and cards.

Watch this video (below) that explains the poo paper process:

In Sri Lanka, the relationship between the local farmers and the indigenous elephants hasn't always been the friendliest. Thousands of elephants have been killed in this country - not for their tusks, hide or meat, but because they're a nuisance, wandering into the farmers' crops and trampling them.

Luckily, the elephants and and farmers are learning to live together more harmoniously because of one natural resource the elephants have that the farmers now desire: the elephant's poop. The farmers are now welcoming elephants into their land so they can gather up the feces left behind to turn around and sell it to companies, like ecoMaximus, who have figured out a way to turn the poop into something useful: paper. Thus, elephant feces is now being seen as a sustainable economic resource to the Sri Lankan farmers.

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