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Early Encounters with Elephant Poo


> The approximately 250 kgs food eaten daily can produce upto 100 kgs of dung. Imagine how much paper can be made in a day…


> The paper is probably one of the most ecologically safe papers to make and use… Colours, if added, comprise of mostly vegetable and natural dyes. No bleach is used. The waste water is let out in cultivated fields close by... works as a great fertilizer.


> We’ve tried to feed the elephant beetroot and tried to mix turmeric in his/her feed, hoping to get naturally coloured paper… but alas, no success there.


> The colour of the paper depends entirely on what he/ she eats, which depends on what season of the year it is. So, from June to September, since the elephants eat jowar (sorghum) and bajra (pearl millet), the paper is darker in colour. And for the rest of the year they eat sugarcane, the paper is lighter in colour.


> An elephant’s diet is primarily vegetation. That combined with a rather inactive digestive system makes elephant dung one of the best to make paper.