Exotic Poo Makes Exquisite Paper! Elrhino's Elephant and Rhino Dung Papers are Saving our Precious Trees

Yes, this is as intriguing as it sounds! The skillful workers at Elrhino eco-industries are converting elephant and rhino dung into aesthetic papers. Raising awareness for animal conservation has never been this fascinating!

Situated in Assam, this social enterprise is looked after by the father-daughter duo – Mahesh Chandra Bora and Nisha Bora. Since 2012, Elrhino is remarkably raising awareness for the conservation of elephants and the great one-horned rhinoceroses. Providing a source of income to the indigenous people, Elrhino is also making a progressive effort to end the man-animal conflict.

“The vision really was to say that we want to save forests, we want to give back to the community we come from, and we want to work basically towards creating a more sustainable future.”

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Making the Elephant and Rhino Dung Papers..

Other than the purpose of conservation, the poop of these two animals is also valuable from a paper point of view. Elephants and Rhinos, to a large extent, rely on long grasses and branches for their diet. Besides, they also have weak digestive systems. Both of these factors make their poop fibrous, making it an ideal raw material for producing papers.

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Image source: The Optimist Citizen

With the dung as the main protagonist, various supporting characters such as waste jute, banana bark, cotton rags, etc., also go into the process. The poop is first boiled, mixed with the rest of the ingredients, and made into a pulp with the help of water. This pulp is spread onto a wire mesh screen, physically dried, and just like that, the papers are ready!

The cherry on the cake? According to their estimations, every 1200 kilograms of paper ends up saving about 27 trees! Making paper but saving trees, what more can one ask for? One more aspect to acknowledge here is the use of zero chemicals in the process. Due to this and a basic filtration process, the team reuses the same water again. Plus, the low electrical usage helps the entire process to cause less harm to the environment. As a result, not only the papers but also the process here is eco-friendly.

Final Thoughts

  • Elrhino’s premium quality elephant and rhino dung papers deserve every possible shout-out. The concept of making papers with animal poop and raising awareness for their conservation is praiseworthy, isn’t it?
  • It is unfortunate to realize that animals are under the threat of going extinct. Hence, every effort to draw attention to the matter needs amplification. 
  • It is because of our needs these poor creatures are suffering today. And though we are the reason for their extinction, may we also be the reason for their prosperous survival. Here’s to being hopeful! 

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