I thought Mr. Pear Tree was joking when he brought this pad of paper home, declaring it was a poopy gift from a friend. After all, it’s an attractive little block of note paper.
Then I read the back. Made by The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, the beautifully-finished recycled paper is made from recycled elephant… poop.
How’s that for a novelty item?
Apparently, elephants are big grass eaters, and most of it goes right through them without being broken down. So their droppings – which I imagine would be considerable – is full as fibre. And since fibre is a key ingredient in paper, using elephant poo is a viable alternative to using trees.
I don’t know if it will catch on with the masses, but it’s certainly unique as a gift idea.
And don’t worry – it doesn’t smell.
What do you think? Would you use paper recycled from animal doo-doo? I must admit, even though I trust it’s clean – and it’s lovely paper – it feels a little weird to use it…
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier