Give some people lemons and they will make lemonade. For the founders of the Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, give them elephant, cow, horse or panda droppings, and they will make stationery. With the belief that products should fit into a cycle of responsibility and sustainability, the Company fashions tasteful paper products from the less than tasteful leavings of fiber-munching animals. Beginning by using elephant dung as their material of choice, the Company intended to raise money and awareness for pachyderm well-being as well as provide jobs for those living in communities near parks and reserves.
The paper itself is made from dried dung pulp, a substance generally high in fibrous materials. After collection, the poo is rinsed, leaving only the bamboo, fruits and veggies that the animal has consumed. The remains are boiled for sterilization, and color is added. Then, pulp from bamboo, banana trees and pineapples are mixed in to bolster the mush and to produce strength and thickness. The wet pulp is separated into flat cakes and pressed against screens which are left out in the sun to dry naturally.
As a bamboo store with a sense of humor, there was no way that Bambu Batu could pass up the opportunity to carry their line of Panda Poopoopaper, featuring a graphic of panda nibbling on a piece of what will soon become material for the most unique stationery set you will ever own.