Thailand’s Elephant PooPoo Paper Park is taking recycling to a whole new level. By developing a symbiotic relationship with elephants that promotes sustainability, it is producing cute and functional paper products and clothing while providing much-needed jobs for locals in Thailand’s rural communities. Thailand developed a system of taking elephant waste and converting it into products that are not only practical, but also environmentally friendly.
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this outdoor attraction gives guests a chance to see how elephant poop can be used to make products like note paper, toilet paper and T-shirts. All of PooPoo Park’s products come from recycled elephant poop. Rather than contributing to deforestation by cutting down trees to make paper products, they let elephants do what they do naturally, eat, and simply recycle digested plant pulp that already served its purpose of feeding the animals.
The process is made possible thanks to the elephants’ high-fiber diet. The digestion process results in plant fibers that have undergone little decomposition and are therefore perfect for further use. Visitors to the park get to see first-hand how the fibers are cleaned and recycled into safe, sustainable and usable products. Any printing on the park’s products and packaging is made from soy-based ink to further enhance the sustainability of the products.
The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30, including holidays. Entrance to the park does not include product purchases and costs THB100, approximately $3.
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