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Australian company makes paper out of wombat droppings

By Richard van der Draay     Apr 22, 2009 in Business
An Australian paper manufacturer has introduced a new successful product into the market: paper made of the faeces of wombats.
The ‘unique’ paper from the Creative Paper company in Tasmania is produced from the faeces of a single wombat named Nugget. The BBC reported the story.
The marsupial lives in the Cradle Mountain national park. Each day the droppings of the animal are gathered by a keeper and shipped off to the paper factory.
Wombat droppings contain many plant fibres, making the faeces highly suitable to process into paper.
Wombats are very popular with holiday makers due to their playful behaviour. This is a factor in making the wombat paper a hit with souvenirs as a souvenir.
According to the makers of the paper the production process is not without a rather unpleasant smell.
Darren Simpson, plant manager, said that the droppings first need to be boiled which is when the smell is awful. But once the material has been sterilised the smell is almost gone. The paper itself has a pleasant, organic fragrance according to Simpson.
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