Eco-friendly Paper Made Out of Elephant Dung

dak By dak, 16th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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New Eco-friendly Technology that helps the environment through sustainable printing technologies

This will also reduce Ivory Poaching and increase the dwindling elephant population .

Elephants eats about 250kg of food daily.Since elephant are poor digest er of food they excrete about 50 per cent of what they consume.Since they are herbivorous the waste produced are basically raw cellulose which is a ideal material for making paper. 500 sheets of thin paper can be made out of 15kg of elephant dung.

Elephant dung are collected and dried first.They are disinfected and washed with water to remove all non-dung fibers.It is then boiled in a vat for four hours to make it clean and soft.They are then mixed with water and dye and put in to a blender.After that the manufacturing process is similar to that of handmade paper.This paper is 100 per cent odour, bacteria and chlorine free and can be recycled.Only bonding agents such as alum and rosin,and water soluble salt dyes for coloring are used. No bleach. no alkaline or acid solutions are introduced during manufacturing, This handmade papers have an ideal pH value for photograph preservation and have a papyrus-like quality with uniquely texture.

A wide variety of stationery products like writing paper, note cards, envelopes,and greeting card can also be made from elephant dung paper. All of them are great alternatives to products produced with non-recycled paper.By purchasing this products you’re contributing to the conservation of our natural resources and environment.This will also reduce Ivory Poaching and increase the dwindling elephant population

Recently paper are made out of Kangaroo poo in Australia and rhino dung mixed with elephant dung in South Africa.Studies are also going on with Reindeer, Donkey and Camel poo.

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Elephant Dung, Envelopes, Greeting Card, Ivory Poaching, Note Cards, Writing Paper

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Sep 2010 (#)

Thanks Dak. I'd never heard about this process before.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2010 (#)

Many thanls for sharing

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author avatar sir rob
27th Sep 2010 (#)

Sounds interestisng. The first time I heard about the usdefullness of elepahnt waste. Indeed, an alternative for poaching.

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author avatar Greenfaol
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Great article, I hadn't heard of this either. Thanks for sharing :D

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