Poop now has a new purpose. Elephant poop especially has risen from the grounds to elevated stardom. Scientists have found an eco-friendly way to recycle it by converting it productively into paper. Although the thought may stink, the end product does not. It is a simple, sustainable way to make more paper without axing down the forest.
Traditionally, wood pulp has to go through various chemical and mechanical processes to be converted into paper. The process is complex, and environmentally damaging to the trees. Elephant dung paper makes paper manufacturing simpler. Half the processing is done in their digestive system. Moreover, the manure is environmentally sustainable and easily available.
Processing Elephant Poop Into Paper
The idea was the brainchild of Andrew Bismark, a Ph.D. at the University of Vienna who figured that goat poop contained partially digested plants that they fed on. Plant matter in the waste was bound to contain cellulose, a vital component in processing paper from wood pulp. However, the process of manufacturing paper from cellulose in the paper manufacturing factories is traditionally complex and time-consuming. With plant-eating animals, the fibre is naturally digested into pulp to a great degree, simplifying the process for the makers.
The amount of digested poop depends on the size of the animal. The bigger the creature, the larger the amount of fibre consumed and converted into cellulose. The product passed down the stomach lining and disintegrated with acid and enzymes naturally. It did not require carrying the product into an expensive chemical treatment plant to break down raw wood through a complex process to achieve the same end result. Neither did it involve any expensive process to filter out impurities that is necessary in the process to manufacture paper.
The natural digestion process in the elephants’ stomach lining greatly reduced the steps from traditional paper manufacturing. The paper could be used not just to write on but also as filters reinforcement and polymer composites.
Elephant Dung Paper Popular in Elephant Dominant Regions
Where the elephant population is high, elephant dung paper has become a way of life. In the jungles of Asia such as India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, as well as Africa, elephant dung paper helps recycle the manure, not helping in managing large amounts of waste but also saving trees in the process. Attempts are being made to utilize all the byproducts of treatment and extraction. The paper can be purchased directly from the manufacturers and distributors as well as online stores.
Aliya Dung Paper: Eco-Friendly Elephant Dung Paper
At Aliya Dung Paper, we create elephant dung paper deep in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Our mission is to provide a quality alternative to recycled paper while giving back. A portion of all our sales is donated back to the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) so that they can continue making improvements.
When you buy paper from us, you help the environment by using 100% recycled paper and paper products, helping the elephants lead a better life. This helps us sustain and create jobs for the people who live here. Help bring awareness to our efforts to support the beautiful species of Asian elephants. Order from our online store or contact us to know more.