Animal poop/ waste has long been of use to us. Solid manure can be burned, and liquid manure is used to produce bio-gas. But there are also some outrageous uses of animal waste. Take a look for yourself!
Have you ever paid for shit? Actual shit? Cat shit? If you’ve had Civet Coffee then you have!
Civet Coffee is made from the undigested coffee beans that are defecated by the Asian Palm Civets. These Civets have a diet of coffee berries. They digest the fleshly part and the remaining tough parts are rid through defecation. These undigested coffee beans are collected, husked, washed and finally roasted. The Civet coffee aka Kopi Luwak is one of the costliest coffees in the world as they are handpicked from the forest floor – around 80$ a cup!
Poo Poo Paper
Poopoo Paper is manufactured from herbivore droppings. The main source for Poopoo Paper is elephant droppings. Michael Flancman came up with the ingenious idea in 2002, of making paper out of poop when he heard about a villager from Thailand who made paper using elephant dung. Flancman then sold some samples to the Toronto Zoo. Few years later, eco-friendly retailers started backing the product.
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An elephant produces an average of 100 pounds of dung a day! The elephant dung is mainly collected from elephant conservation parks in Thailand. The dung is washed and boiled to disinfect the fibers. The resultant pulp is then mixed with fibers of cornhusks, pineapple plants and other natural sources. These other fibers help hold the paper together. The pulps are then spread out and baked under the tropical sun. The papers are also fashioned into stationery, diaries, greeting cards, paper flowers, bookmarks and photo frames.
The company also donates some of its profits to support the elephant conservation efforts in Thailand.
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Rhinoceros Dung Paper
Mumbai-based Elrhino is another paper maker who uses large herbivores’ dung. The dungs are collected from rhinoceros and elephants. The dung is washed and boiled many times over to sterilize it. Grass and plants materials such as jute, banana bark and pineapple leaves are also mixed. The resultant fibers are then combined with recycled cotton waste to form the pulp. The fibers are then pressed and dried. No chemicals are used.
Proceeds from Elrhino are mobilized towards the conservation of the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephants and their forest habitats.
Jewelry & Souvenirs
Canada and northern states like Alaska, Maine and Colorado have retailers making money out of making souvenirs from Moose droppings. An annual Moose Dropping Festival is held in Talkeetna, Alaska every July. The Moose Dropping Drop Game is the highlight of the events, where participants bet on where nuggets of moose droppings, which are flung from a helicopter, will land! Moose dung are made into souvenirs and sold as earrings, mugs, tie tacks, etc!
Coprolite is fossilized animal feces. Silicate and calcium phosphate replace most of the original excrement over time, resulting in a hardened piece. Only a Paleontologist or Paleoscatologist can distinguish it from a rock or pebble!
The shape of the fossils depends on the animal that excreted it. Carnivore coprolites are more common due to the presence of calcium carbonate that comes from the bones and teeth of their prey they eat. This helps it to mineralize and sustain the feces.
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Flying Squirrel Droppings Medicine
Have stomach ache or menstrual cramps? You may want to try flying squirrel dung for the pain! Not kidding. Not in the United States though, where it’s banned! Known as Wu Ling Zhi in Chinese medicine, the droppings of flying squirrels are used in their formulas to ease abdominal pain, nutritional deficiencies in children, post-partum pain, menstrual cramps and even snake bites! It has a similar action to that of Ibuprofen!
Karin Frankenstein and Tomas Auran designed this lamp made out of cow dung, clay and sand. It was exhibited in the Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Sweden. It drew much attention at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.