Tuesday, 18. June 2013 - 09:06
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It's the Valentine's Day card no girl is ever likely to forget - one made from pulped elephant poo.
Creator Vijender Shekhawat - from Jaipur, India - plans to process 30 tons of the stuff every month to make a special paper from the grass and leaf fibres that pass through the elephants' system without being digested.
The pulp - says Vijender - produces a high quality, unique paper which he uses in Valentine and Christmas cards.
"Elephants' gastrointestinal tract cannot digest fibres well. About 40 per cent of everything goes through untouched but softened and pre-pulped.
"As a result, their dung make fantastic paper when it is pressed and processed," explained Vijender, who calls his company Haathi Chaap, or Elephant Stamp in English.
Now Vijender plans to export to Britain and other European countries.
"Business is picking up and we are expanding," he said.
"People always worry about the smell, but believe me the cards smell as sweet as any other Valentine's Day cards on the market," he added.
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