Paper made from Poo – What a great idea!

Yep, you heard me. Paper made from poo – elephant poo to be precise.

Did you know paper can be made from elephant poo?
African elephants. Copyright Maryam Laura Moazedi under Creative Commons licence – Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Pretty much any animal who is a veggie eater and has a relatively poor digestive system is an ideal candidate for this ingenious invention.

To make your own, simply gather some elephant poo, wash it to leave behind the raw fibre and then boil it for a long, long time.  Blend the mix to soften those poo fibres, add a splash of colour if desired and slop onto a sieve like mould to dry.

Bingo – Poo Paper! And what’s more – it doesn’t smell (pity that).

In case you’re wondering, this post was inspired by a conversation I had recently with a human who couldn’t seem to understand why us dung beetles are obsessed with poo. In their defence, they argued that humans just weren’t as inspired by something as yucky as poo.  That prompted a bit of research on the internet and not to my surprise, there are humans who share the same interest in poo, just like me.  And if you do a quick Google yourself, you’ll see that there are many companies offering this delightful product.

A poo-fect present to give your loved one next birthday!

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