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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wombat TP

Australian... industrialists? Someone in Australia had been playing with poo, kangaroo poo to be more specific, trying to make various products from it, such as paper. Because these animals are herbivores, their waste is largely fibrous. When tourists were introduced to the concept, they would ask questions such as "Can you make it from sheep, koalas, etc." The animal most mentioned, though, was the wombat. So Creative Paper, a company local to Burnie, decided to find out.

Everyday, a local farmer collects the droppings from his single wombat, named Nugget. The waste is then sent to Creative Paper, which boils it down, and creates novelty toilet paper for sale to tourists. While workers say it smells "horrific, as you can imagine" while being boiled, once processed, it bears no scent.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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