Who Knew? Tasmanian Wombat Poo Turned Into Handmade Paper


I can admit now that for a period in my childhood I was really obsessed with wombats... photo: Phil Whitehouse

Here's an alternative paper source you probably haven't considered: Wombat poo. Entrepreneurs in Wales have been turning sheep droppings into paper, and now some ingenious antipodeans in Tasmania have started turning out handmade paper from one of Australia's iconic marsupials:Creative Papers Tasmania has been making the paper from the plant fiber rich dung from a single wombat named Nugget, collected by his keeper at his home in a wildlife park near Cradle Mountain.


Wombat dung photo: Wikipedia
BBC News quotes Creative Paper's manager Darren Simpson on the process used,

When we are boling it, it does smell horrific as you can imagine, but once it has been sterilized and rinsed properly there's no scent left to it. If anything it just gives you a nice organic smell.

Creative Paper also makes Kangaroo dung paper: Creative Paper Tasmania

via: BBC News
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