Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Eco-Friendly Gifts Don't Have to Be Boring

Just when you thought you were out of gift ideas for the Eco-minded person in your life, along comes something that they are guaranteed NOT to already have. sells a variety of beautiful (really) paper products produced from dried elephant dung. The idea of paper made out of poop might seem kind of scary at first. Here are the details of the process from PooPooPaper.Com:

We collect naturally dried elephant dung poo from elephant conservation parks and bring it back to our paper-making factory. • We then pre-rinse the elephant dung with water, leaving only the fibrous materials from the grasses, bamboo & fruits they've eaten. • Afterwards, we place the fibers into a giant pot of boiling water to ensure the fibers are super clean. After this thorough cleaning, any color that we 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, we 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, we peel the sheet of paper from the mesh tray and start making Poo Poo Paper products.

I will admit that I have indeed seen some Poo Poo Paper products while in Chiang Mai, Thailand two years ago.

I wouldn't mind having one of these Poo Poo Paper journals. And at only $12.99 each, you can support a good cause and not go broke!

1 comment:

One Mom said...

I love this product! I even blogged about it back in May!