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What Can You Do With Elephant Poo?

Updated on March 18, 2011

Why, Make Beautiful Recycled Paper, Of Course!

What CAN you do with elephant poo? As it turns out, elephant poop can be recycled into a useful, interesting, and - yes - beautiful product! It even makes a great gift item! When you need a gift for an environmentally conscious recipient, consider recycled elephant poop!

Why Do They Make Paper Out of Elephant Poo?

Elephant Poo Poo Paper's Mission Statement

Our purpose is to successfully sell our goods in order to complete a truly creative sustainable cycle: where raw materials with little other use are utilized to make a useful and functional product all the while providing jobs and opportunity along the way and ultimately selling our goods at a profit from which a portion is directed to a worthwhile cause: elephant welfare and conservation.

Elephant Poo Poo Paper products are acid free, beautifully textured, and of course 100% recycled.

How Do They Make Paper Out of Elephant Poo?

And ... does elephant poo paper SMELL?

Paper is normally made from fiber from trees, of course. Elephant dung is very fibrous due to the elephant diet, and so it makes a great source for tree-free paper production. The dung is allowed to dry completely before being washed (and completely deodorized!), which basically leaves behind the fibers from the vegetation eaten by the elephants.

Can I Make My Own Paper? - Yes, you can!

The Papermaker's Companion - by Helen Hiebert

The Papermaker's Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper
The Papermaker's Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper

This guide by papermaking artist Hiebert goes beyond most books on handmade paper by including detailed instructions for making equipment and for using unusual fibers as a source of pulp. Instructions for both Western-style (European) and Eastern-style (Japanese) papers are covered. Some projects are included, but the emphasis is on processes and techniques. This good, basic manual is suitable for all crafts collections. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Why Do I Want Paper Made from Elephant Poo?

Or, what can you do with elephant poo paper?

Elephant Poo Poo Paper is, of course, 100% recycled. No trees are used to make any Elephant Poo Poo Paper product. In addition, these paper products are acid-free, archival quality, and beautifully textured ... and remember, they don't smell, at least not like poo!

These beautiful stationery sets and blank journals make great Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or any occasion gifts for your eco-minded friends - or anyone!

Can I Make My Own Paper Without Any Special Equipment? - Yes, you can!

Complete Guide to Easy Papermaking - by Arnold Grummer

Arnold Grummer's Complete Guide to Easy Papermaking
Arnold Grummer's Complete Guide to Easy Papermaking

Master papermaker Grummer presents a detailed and well-illustrated guide to recycling all sorts of wastepaper into one-of-a-kind handmade paper. Home papermaking can be done with easily obtained equipment such as a blender. The techniques are all well laid out with good illustrations and explanations of the properties of paper. Practice projects are included. This complete guide is highly recommended for crafts collections. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Don't worry!

Elephant Poo Poo Paper products are completely odorless!

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    • leesholden profile image

      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Lol such a comical and fun lens! Thanks

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm kind of a paper freak, so it was fun to find this lens. Thank you, especially, for including the vids on making your own paper. It's really fun to do!

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      With a lens title like this I just had to stop by. I have learned something today, I never new you could buy this stuff. It will be a great example for my business studies students in our sustainable and ethical marketing module.

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      resabi 6 years ago

      I'm a big paper junkie, so have to bless this lens. Nice job. Lensrolling to my Toilet Paper: Folder or Cruncher? lens (because i can't resist)

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      What a great lens about a - weird- and wonderful- idea! Here's a Lucky Leprechaun kiss for elephant poo poo paper -:) Happy St Patrick's Day!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      this is such an innovative product! i am amazed beyond words! great lens too! cheers

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens and a wonderful product with unique qualities. Featured this on Save Planet Earth

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Totally awesome! I love the journals. I would like one for my notes about animals :)

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      This is an amazing idea. I really hope it takes off as it is a fantastic way to employ, reuse, recycle with a sustainable product. Think of all the trees that could be saved in these countries that have an abundance of elephants. I can see it now, a way for zoos to sell their elephant poo. LOL. All kidding aside it really is fantastic.

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      C A Chancellor 7 years ago from US/TN

      Wow... I never would have imagined elephant poop could be used this way! Blessed.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      Fantastic! I used to make paper out of leftover wrapping paper and newspapers, but this is genious! Blessed by an angel :)

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      pumpnut lm 7 years ago

      One could open a lot of paper factories. How many zoo's out there? Nicely done.

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      artgoodman lm 7 years ago

      Great lens. I think I could see myself using this kind of stuff. Just as long as it wasn't a napkin. I think I would have a problem with an elephant poo napkin

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      What great stuff!

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Ha ha....I see others before me were intrigued by your lens title! Love elephants and love this lens. Blessed by a fibrous and nonsmelly angel!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      @Tarra99: I'm sure it burns well for the same reason it makes good paper: they eat so much fibrous, indigestible material that comes out pretty much the same way it went in!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Cool!...who knew what you could do with elephant poo?...ok now I'm starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss DH read somewhere that (and I forget what country does it) but they were drying elephant poo in the sun to use as burning material we would logs of wood....huh!? ...thanks for sharing and thank you also for visiting my Stocking Stuffers for Dogs lens...I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      What fun. Am lensrolling to my how to make handmade paper lens. Can't say I ever thought of adding poo. :D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I know people sign up a year in advance to get elephant poo from our zoo here in Seattle but people use that as fertilizer not to make paper from!!! Great and interesting lens.

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      I rode an elephant in Thailand and the sold me a photo in an Elephant poo frame...IM sure it's fine but I haven't removed the plastic wrap!

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      rachsue lm 7 years ago

      Well at first I thought differently, but honestly any way that we can do our part...we must do it. It is a great idea and honestly, I don't even want to know why they thought of it, but I am glad they did!! LOL The products they make are very nice looking as well

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I'm not entirely convinced about Elephant Poo paper but they have presented them so nicely maybe I'll change my mind! Love the idea of making my own paper.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting lens. I learned something new.

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      really cool designs and colors, you'll never know what it was made of.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting lens you have here! Keep it up!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I love Elephant Poo Poo. They have a cute little description/story/anecdotes that comes with each purchase. I purchased a journal for myself and notecards and a journal for my MIL. She sends a lot of cards so this gift was right up her alley. They had very speedy service too.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      That is REALLY cool. If we all started eating super-high-fiber diets, would we be able to save some old-growth trees?

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Yay for the purple star! I love eco-poop. :)

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful lens, beautiful idea to use elephant poo for another use and help the elephants at the same time!

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I want to know who the first person was that made their first poo paper! Thanks again..***** and Fav.

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      BeautifulGreenB 8 years ago

      Great! Love this lens! Love Elephant Poo Paper!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      How cool! The stuff looks great!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Never heard of something like that. Very, very interesting lens!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Love these! Great lens! Blessed by an Angel!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      great little green gift :)

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      This is fantastic! Definitely compostable!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      I've learned something today! LOL Nice work!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Love it! I'm featuring this lens on Going Green with Poop.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! You have to be one of the best lensmasters, I know. Imagine making a super great lens out of Elephant Poo. Amazing and the Poo Poo Paper products look super.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      What a brilliant idea! I think the Elephant Poo Poo Paper logo is just too cute, heehee. :)

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      This would make beautiful Christmas gifts, and probably get a few giggles, too! I know I am amazed!

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      missbat 8 years ago

      Our zoo in Oregon sells Elephant Poo paper. My grandmother bought everyone in the family a set of it for Christmas last year. it was a big hit! And it's just like any other paper you'd buy! Great job on this lens!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Very Cool!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Wonderful presentation. I love paper, I love elephants, I love, well, not poo. :)

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      The Elephant Poo Poo Paper is quite lovely. I am glad to hear that it has no poo poo odor.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Who would have thought? It's gorgeous!