Yes, you read that title correctly. Introducing the incredible recycled paper at Elephant Poopoopaper Park.
The park is situated in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is an eco-friendly, naturally built, museum and park, all focusing on the extraordinary practice of making recycled paper… from elephant poo.
The park takes around 45 minutes to go through, in which the mysteries and creative versatility of elephant poo recycled paper are revealed. The tour also explains more traditional paper making techniques from the area, but the heavy focus really is on this extraordinary eco recycled paper.
The park has been running for over ten years, and in that time has caught the attention of many international media outlets who are equally interested in their paper recycling activites. The Dicovery Channel, Forbes and NPR are just some of those.
The park shop, which is delightfully called the ‘poo-tique’ (amazing) sells all kinds of sustainable gifts, many of course being made from the poo recycled paper. There are gifts made form not only elephant poo, but the waste of buffalo, cows and horses too! The park restaurant serves up healthy portions of elephant poo too; just kidding. They have a range of eco friendly snacks and refreshments.
Eco-tourism really is important, especially in areas of natural beauty, like this region in Thailand. If the local treat the area with respect and compassion, it is hoped that it will catch on to tourists, who will also be respectful of their surroundings.
If you remember, this is not the first article we’ve written about an elephant on the National Recycling Blog! Here’s an extract from the other elephant article…
“Choosing an Elephant as the animal for display was not only because it is a recognizable creature, but because it is large, and allowed for more cardboard recycling. The end for this elephant was not so environmentally friendly, with the Spanish tradition of burning things taking place. In some places in the world, burning the dreams of people is quite a savage thing to do, but not in Valencia, it’s a symbol of good luck!”
Read about the ‘Valencian Elephant’
Read about the ‘Future of Origami’
Read about the ‘Fight to Save Forests’