Panda Poo Toilet Paper? January 02, 2018 20:13
Check it out - The 22 lbs. of fiber-rich poo and the 110 lbs. of food waste from bamboo husks they spit out every day is being made into toilet paper. Yes, you heard that right, panda poo toilet paper and panda poo tissue paper!
Specifically, it is the fiber that is being harvested from the poo and the husks that are used to make panda poo toilet paper.
Panda bears spit out the covering of the bamboo, known as the husk - about 110 lbs. per day - then eat the bamboo shoots within the husk to get the fructose sugar out of the bamboo. As a result, as much as 22 lbs. of panda poop is "released" every day.
Bamboo has been used as a source for making paper before, but not like this. 😊
Normally, the bamboo fiber is separated from the interior of the bamboo by a machine. With this approach, the pandas' digestive system becomes the "machinery" separating out the bamboo fiber for making panda poo toilet paper.
The people behind this process involves a joint venture between The Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Company (Fengsheng) and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (the Center) in Sichuan province, China.
The Center provides free panda droppings and leftover food - mainly bamboo - to Fengsheng papermaking company to make toilet paper and other paper products.
Fengsheng collects the feces from three panda locations in Sichuan a couple of times a week. The Center is home to 270 pandas. In the past, after keepers cleared all the droppings and uneaten bamboo, the Center would hire workers to take the material away.
After the waste is boiled, pasteurized and turned into paper, the panda poo toilet paper is tested for bacteria before going on sale.
The goods, soon to be released on the Chinese market, will be marketed as part of a "panda poo" product line decorated with a picture of the bamboo-eating, black-and-white bear. The cost of this luxurious tissue paper is not cheap, boxes of panda poo toilet paper and tissues will be sold at about $6.5 a box.
This is not the first time the Chinese have tried to find a use for Panda poo. In 2007, the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan was the first in the country to provide free panda droppings to a company to make souvenirs such as fans, notebooks and bookmarks, hoping to dispose of the waste of its pandas.
We cannot help but wonder if panda poo toilet paper is compatible with Fanny Clean toilet paper moistener ;-)