Their tag line may be a little cryptic and in broken English, but it gets the point across, “With bamboo’s fragrance, send you a special souvenir from panda’s poo-poo.” Yes, you read that correctly, poo-poo.
Chengdu Panda Homeland Trade Co. has paired up with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to put all that panda waste to good use. A single adult male panda will produce approximately 45lbs of waste per day; using the 400 tons (nearly 882,000 pounds!) of panda poo that the Chengdu Research Base produces every year, the company makes unforgettable and unique souvenirs. The panda poo products are made in a day-long process that involves separating the fibrous material from the poo, boiling it to ensure it’s clean, bleaching it, and letting it dry in the sun. Then, the remaining clean fibers are used to make several different manure mementos.
The company claims that the products do not smell of feces, but bamboo instead. Considering the panda only digests around 20% of its food intake, it’s quite believable that their poo probably smells a lot like bamboo.
Some of the handcrafted wares are surprisingly beautiful, especially the paper products.
Then, there are the more interesting items…
Panda poo ping-pong anyone?
I honestly have no idea who would want a platter of pandas made from excrement, but whatever floats your boat.
They also have several variations of fans available. On their site, they sum it up quite nicely, “Painting panda’s lovely pattern in life on paper fans that made of panda’s poo is full of elegance of ancient people.” This panda poo is not only environmentally friendly, it’s elegant, my friends.
And last, but certainly not least, is my favorite item: the panda with the golden poo. No lie, I’d buy this just for the kitsch factor.
Unfortunately, the site still needs quite a bit of translation work done, there were no prices listed in English, and no way to order online. Though, if you’re looking to make millions, they’re looking for investors.