Q.1049:  Can we make paper from manure (animal waste)?

Ans. Theoretically yes. Practically NO.

Animal eats plant consisting of cellulose. Animal digestion system can digest cellulose. (Human digestion system can't digest cellulose). So if the animal is healthy and its digestion system  is good, its manure will not contain any cellulose fiber and it is the cellulose fiber which makes paper.

Manure of some unhealthy animal may contains some fibers and we may make some paper but it is not economically worth.

Recently I found on web that in Thailand paper is made from Elephant Dung. For detail of paper making from elephant dung please visit http://www.elephantdungpaper.com/

Also therewas talk of making paper from Panda's Pooh on CNN and MSNBC

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/03/26/panda.poop.ap/index.html (Link Broken)

A wildlife park in Thailand is hoping to capitalize on by selling a line of paper products made out of panda poop.

Panda-poop paper production involves a daylong process of cleaning the feces, boiling it in a soda solution, bleaching it with chlorine and drying it under the sun. Experimentation continues on how to reduce the chemicals now used.

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