The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company
The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, is focused today on the production, innovation and marketing of all sorts of fun products made from elephant poo! They have a fun and dynamic international team at their modest outfits in N. America, Australia, Japan, and Europe where they spread the word and sell their products, as well as in Asia where they make all of their fantastic products using age-old paper making techniques, evolved locally over hundreds of years.
Basically, the sustainable cycle works like this: as with all creatures on our planet, elephants need a clean environment and a good diet. With these needs met, an elephant produces a lot of dung, which they collect and use to make the products. Poo Poo Paper Company works with various conservation parks (and mahouts) to gather the dung (which is full of fibrous material and makes great paper). They then process the dung into paper sheets from which the products are made. A portion of the profits from each item bought is contributed to elephant welfare and conservation programs!
The making of paper starts with the collection and processing of the dung pulp. Elephant dung is typically full of short to medium grained fibrous materials from the elephants diet which when processed makes excellent paper:
- They collect naturally dried elephant dung from elephant conservation parks and bring it back to the paper-making factory.
- Then they pre-rinse the elephant dung with water, leaving only the fibrous materials from the grasses, bamboo & fruits they’ve eaten.
- Afterwards, they place the fibers into a giant pot of boiling water to ensure the fibers are super clean. After this thorough cleaning, any color that they may want to add can be added.
- Natural fibers from banana trees & pineapples are added to the dung mixture so the paper will be thicker & stronger.
- Once this is all mixed together, they separate the moist fibers into small “cakes’ or “wafers” of about 300-400 grams each.
- The cakes are spread evenly over a mesh-bottomed tray measuring about 60cm by 90cm.
- The tray is leaned up against a tree, angled toward the sun and allowed to dry naturally for a few hours.
- Once dry, they peel the sheet of paper from the mesh tray and start making Poo Poo Paper products.
This is how they made the hand made paper stationery and their how to make recycled paper process!