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Company Makes Paper Out Of Wombat Poo

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the my-test-smells-funny dept.

Earth 71

Creative Paper attracted worldwide interest for its paper made of kangaroo droppings in 2005. Well it's been four years and the best and brightest at Creative Paper haven't been sitting on their laurels. What's their great new idea? They have now launched a kind of paper made from wombat poo. Scat-obsessed Darren Simpson from Creative Paper says the paper is green or gold depending on the time of year the droppings are harvested. The wombat paper will be unveiled at an international paper conference in Burnie, Australia later this month.

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Company Makes Niggers Out Of Wombat Poo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072127)

Frist psot! CmdrTaco has a small dick!! GNAA FOR LIFE!!!

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072309)

Wombats factories turn paper to poop!!

Well... Ummm. Wow? (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072149)

God bless people with way to much time to sniff around trying to find new green ideas. I say God bless em, cause I don't think anyone wants to print on Womby poo paper any more than people want to print on Kangaroo droppings...

Small Child: Look daddy! Skippy made a gift card!!

Re:Well... Ummm. Wow? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072169)

Clearly the best use of this will be toilet paper for wombats, not for writing on.

Nothing new here (5, Interesting)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072655)

This is as old as paper making. Fibrous shit from grazers and browsers makes wonderful paper and saves pulping the wood. In Africa I've seen paper made from elephant, rhino, giraffe and zebra shit. In New Zealand I've seen sheep and horse.

Re:Nothing new here (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27074309)

I have to know, why do you travel the world seeking out poo paper?

Re:Nothing new here (2, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27074413)

Maybe, but the wombat is an inherently funnier animal than any of those. In green technology, humor value counts for more than you might think. I hear the next project is kookaburra poo paper.

Re:Nothing new here (1)

Candid88 (1292486) | more than 5 years ago | (#27075317)

If I understand the article and the previous poster correctly, Kookaburra paper would be far more difficult to create due to Kookaburra's being carnivorous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra#Behavior [wikipedia.org] ), which would mean their dung is far less fiberous than the previously mentioned animals.

Re:Nothing new here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27075665)

Downer.

Re:Nothing new here (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#27077449)

What you meant to say was "Bummer".

Re:Nothing new here (1)

bhiestand (157373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27103113)

Reason #58 I still have you listed as a friend.

Re:Nothing new here (1)

bjb (3050) | more than 5 years ago | (#27076553)

I have a card on my shelf from a buddy that was made from elephant dung.

(the card, not the buddy)

Worth pointing out that he's in the paper industry, so his coming across this stuff isn't too far of a stretch for him.

Re:Well... Ummm. Wow? (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073643)

Just to reply to your sig. Because you were dumb enough to pay off your debt (as was I). It would seem that paying off your debt has become the new short term plan rather than the long term. I maintained good credit, low debt, and got a house of a good value that was within my financial reach using a loan with really good terms...now I can't get the free handouts. :( My next plan is to run up my debt to astronomical levels and then fly to DC to beg for a bailout. I figure the real trick is if you can screw up massively enough you will qualify to have it all erased, minor screwups don't count and good behavior definitely doesn't.

Re:Well... Ummm. Wow? (1)

bi_boy (630968) | more than 5 years ago | (#27074097)

...what?

Re:Well... Ummm. Wow? (1)

Hellpop (451893) | more than 5 years ago | (#27082917)

You forgot one thing... Make sure you don't pay your taxes.

That can get you very far from what I've seen.

Re:Well... Ummm. Wow? (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 5 years ago | (#27086891)

I think you have to get elected for that first. They are quick to raid people who refuse to pay taxes. They got Capone that way. I can't figure out how it is that all the little congress critters are allowed to say "oops" and cut a check. I bet Capone would have been more than happy to just cut a check.

The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (2, Insightful)

detox.method() (1413497) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072197)

It's the fact there is an international paper conference that made me scratch my head.

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (1)

Ninnle Labs, LLC (1486095) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072227)

Why is it weird that the paper industry has conferences just like pretty much any other industry?

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072367)

I'm guessing because its paper.

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072453)

Finally, the world's various currencies can actually be worth the paper they're printed on.

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072469)

It is done because of the very fact that people consider it something trivial. It's just paper but almost everyone uses paper!

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072537)

Are there paper clip conventions? or toilet paper conventions... Oh wait, that's probably at the paper convention.

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (1)

Ninnle Labs, LLC (1486095) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072635)

Of course there are paper industry trade shows. Here are some from 2008: http://www.exhibitorhost.com/20082009conventions/Paper.html [exhibitorhost.com]

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (1)

ozphx (1061292) | more than 5 years ago | (#27074019)

Tissue World Americas is the only Conference and Exhibition targeted at the North and South American producers, converters, distributors, traders and suppliers of soft hygiene tissue paper. It will be in its fourth edition in 2008.

Bet that place is packed full of wankers!

Re:The wombat poo isn't the weird part. (1)

dov_0 (1438253) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073293)

It's the fact there is an international paper conference that made me scratch my head.

It's a huge, worldwide industry with a stack of money involved and various technologies applied. What's to scratch your head about?

Would not want to sneeze in that one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072211)

'nuf said.

O.o ...please, no gift cards out of these. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072213)

And whatever you do, don't lick the envelope.

Gotta love those Wombats (2, Informative)

pavium (557126) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072235)

I think the significant part of the article is that the paper comes in Green or Gold ... Australia's favourite colours.

Excellent! (1)

Rgb465 (325668) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072245)

Lets use it to make toilet paper.

Re:Excellent! (1)

raddan (519638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073347)

I used to buy the recycled brown toilet paper and tell my housemates that it was recycled *from* toilet paper, thus pretty much ensuring that they wouldn't use it at all (girls, I can assure you, use vastly more T.P. than men). They were pretty much horrified of the stuff. Now T.P. actually made from poo... I love it!

Re:Excellent! (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#27077753)

And here I was thinking the best use would be for Washington to write our laws on.

Work taken to turn into paper? (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072255)

It'd be interesting to know the differences between various paper manufacturing methods and how much "energy" or whatever is actually used. In other words, is the creation of this "green" paper from wombat poo actually any better than using renewable tree resources?

Re:Work taken to turn into paper? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072761)

Well.. to get any volume, you have to raise a whole lot of wombats, so I'm guessing.. no, it's not better.

Re:Work taken to turn into paper? (3, Insightful)

jmorris42 (1458) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073039)

> In other words, is the creation of this "green" paper from wombat poo actually any better than using renewable tree resources?

I think you are totally missing the point of green. A green program is a success when the green's self esteem is raised. It's all about them proving they care more than we do. Whether it works is a side question with an unusual twist. If it actually works, i.e. some filthy capitalist can make money at it, then it has to be bad. Won't be six months until it is deemed not green any more and thus evil.

Think I'm being overly cynical? Nah. If we really cared about reducing carbon we would be on a crash building program for nuke plants. There are protesters railing against nuke, solar, wind, geothermal (yes they even hate geothermal!), hydroelectric, biofuels, tidal you name it and there is a green organization already against it. Let an alternative get practical and they all turn on it. See hydroelecric.

Re:Work taken to turn into paper? (1)

sneilan (1416093) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073513)

I think we do care. It's just that we can't do anything about the problem in the first place. Our civilization probably can't be moved to do something that serious at this point.

Re:Work taken to turn into paper? (0)

Candid88 (1292486) | more than 5 years ago | (#27075483)

"Think I'm being overly cynical?"

No, you're just displaying a lack of intelligence.

The world is full of billions of people all with different opinions and ideas. There tend to be people both for and against basically anything imaginable, whether itâ(TM)s civil infrastructure or football tactics. Making generalized statements like yours just signifies a distinct lack of analytical ability.

Re:Work taken to turn into paper? (1)

Candid88 (1292486) | more than 5 years ago | (#27075415)

"is the creation of this "green" paper from wombat poo actually any better than using renewable tree resources?"

Whilst I have no figures, I would have thought a most definite yes when considering the enormous amount of effort usually required to produce paper from trees (which require a lot of labour, land and fertilizer to plant, harvest and transport). That's before all the effort then required to convert the wood first into woodchips and then into pulp.

Whether or not paper from poo could be carried out on an industrial level is another matter though.

As a final note, I'd like to point out tree farms aren't actually a very renewable resouce either, at least no more than any other intensly farmed crop anyway. Good yields often requires years of applying fertilizers and forest management. It's not just a case of sprinkling a few seeds and coming back 20 years later expecting to see a shiny new forest, in those cases you tend to get mixed forest & shrubland with limited pulp value.

Re:Work taken to turn into paper? (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 5 years ago | (#27076149)

considering the enormous amount of effort usually required to produce paper from trees (which require a lot of labour, land and fertilizer to plant, harvest and transport). That's before all the effort then required to convert the wood first into woodchips and then into pulp.

Whilst they don't eats trees, what do these animals eat? To produce paper on a commercial level, you'll need a lot of poop, so you need a lot of Wombats, and a lot of food for them. Then you have a major effort to collect the poo and all the fertiliser, labour and land to manage these crops.

Like meat production, you're probably better off eating the crops used to feed the animals that you intend to cook. If you could make the paper from Wombat feed, you'll likely get a similar increase in efficiency.

I've always hated... (1)

Hooya (518216) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072273)

I've always hated it when people lick their fingers when counting bank notes, or when turning pages in a book...

If this doesn't put a stop to it, I don't know what will.

Re:I've always hated... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072495)

Unless we have some very talented wombats, we won't be making banknotes out of wombat poo anytime soon. You see, banknotes here in .au are made of plastic! (yeah, yeah - and hamburgers eat people and everyone wears hats on their feet)

Re:I've always hated... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072699)

Indeed. Paper money in the US is made of cotton. Of course, it is as much paper as wombat poop is paper. Paper is a form factor, not a material.

It's a True WOMBAT! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072321)

It's a True WOMBAT!

Note: WOMBAT == Waste Of Money Brains and Time.

Wombat poo? (1)

malkir (1031750) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072357)

What happened to..you know, hemp?

Re:Wombat poo? (1)

shentino (1139071) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072597)

Banned by the feds at the behest of the competition shy cotton industry

Re:Wombat poo? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072739)

Go right ahead and feed hemp to your wombats.

Re:Wombat poo? (1)

Klintus Fang (988910) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073937)

I guess you didn't read any of the articles linked in the post. The company that makes this stuff also makes paper from hemp.

Sweet! (1)

svnt (697929) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072401)

Finally there is a solution for the worldwide shortage of cellulose.

Forests and paper mills are so 19th century - bring on the wombat crap farms!

hmmm (1)

chillicane (834120) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072405)

only in tasmania

Valentine's Day Cards: Imagine the Possibilities! (5, Funny)

linuxmeepster (1383107) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072423)

I'm going to make a fortune selling Valentine's Day cards made out of wombat poo paper. Imagine sending this beautiful poem:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
This card is made
Out of wombat poo

Instant success! Especially if you hand it to her and say, "this card reminded me of you".

I'll be sleeping on the couch tonight...

Re:Valentine's Day Cards: Imagine the Possibilitie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27074253)

Don't you mean the poosibilities?

Re:Valentine's Day Cards: Imagine the Possibilitie (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 5 years ago | (#27074503)

Gives a whole new meaning to "what is this crap"?

Or "this isn't worth the paper it's printed on".

Re:Valentine's Day Cards: Imagine the Possibilitie (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#27079935)

Yea we all love to laugh at poo jokes. However it is actually a good idea. These plant eating animals do most of the work for us of breaking down vegetable matter into the raw fiber. The paper making process is in essence a big digestion system. So we just fill it in and clean out the nasty stuff, you probably have a good material.

That's nothing... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072431)

It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

I would like them to try that with grue poo. :P

Done with elephants too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27072503)

I saw a documentary about saving Indian street elephants, and the rescue center was making paper from dung as a fund-raising gimmick. Seemed reasonable.

I can't find the link to them specifically, but here's another group also working with elephant dung. http://www.mrelliepooh.com/ [mrelliepooh.com]

Only thing new here... (1)

curmudgeous (710771) | more than 5 years ago | (#27072511)

...is that they used wombat poo. People have been making paper from elephant poo for years.

http://www.poopoopaper.com/ [poopoopaper.com]

Just the thing (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27073135)

For sending anniversary greeting to your ex! Accompanied, of course, by the obligatory dead flowers!

Excellent! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27073269)

That's exactly the type of paper needed for those morons at publishing houses. Because, you know, they publish crap.

All I can say is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27073535)

Holly SHIT!

In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27073543)

The US Department of Treasury announced today that all US paper notes will now be printed on Poo-paper; as a sign of their relative worth.

Perfection! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27073779)

Finally, the perfect paper for government documents.

Unfortunately... (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 5 years ago | (#27074641)

The only tool that can be used to write on this paper is a #2 pencil.

A new take on an old idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27075005)

They only inverted sides.
For the poo is usually not the substrate
but the printed ink layer.

Just what we need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27075555)

"When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes." -Henry Miller

I think we're getting there soon :)

"Used for communication"??? (2, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 5 years ago | (#27075915)

FTA: "Mr Simpson says they are careful to use only scats from wombats in captivity, because animals in the wild use them for communication."

And now, apparently, they want humans to use their poop for communication. Clearly it's a conspiracy by wombats, trying to take over the media...

Fantastic! (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#27076173)

I can finally get rid of that pile in my backyard.

The neighbors were beginning to complain.

What happens? (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 5 years ago | (#27076457)

Is it safe, have there been studies made to review what happens to your hands after 10 years or so of handling this "paper". I would be curious to see, you can get certain diseases from handling excrement or certain types, I would like to know the process with which they create it, is there a certain amount of processing that goes to neutralize the offending bacteria/viruses?

That's nothing new (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27076875)

Most of my company's memos have been made out of bullshit for years.

Food grade? (1)

isieo (1049808) | more than 5 years ago | (#27077221)

We can start selling hotdogs wrapped with "wombat paper"

Paper out of Wombat Poo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27078213)

Sounds like what slashdot should be published on. heh heh

Obligitory (1)

bradorsomething (527297) | more than 5 years ago | (#27079357)

Somebody should write this shit down.
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