Chinese company uses giant panda poop to make ‘luxury’ tissues

Boxes of Panda Poo cost US$6.50, more than 10 times the price of dung-free alternatives

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 3:02pm

Luxury facial tissue made with giant panda dung is now on sale in China, according to local media reports.

The unique product is a joint venture between the world’s biggest panda sanctuary, China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, and Sichuan Jianwei Fengsheng Paper.

The tissues, called Panda Poo, were made with natural fibre processed from panda droppings and waste bamboo leaves collected from the centre’s three reserves in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu Metropolis Daily reported on Tuesday.

Each box sells for 43 yuan (US$6.50), more than 10 times the cost of regular tissue.

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The high price was partly because of the sophisticated manufacturing process, which included sterilisation at high temperatures, the manufacturer said.

“We will make sure [the tissue] meets national, US and EU safety and hygiene standards,”

company manager Zhou Chuanping said.

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An adult giant panda produced more than 10kg of excrement per day, Huang Yan, a researcher at the centre, was quoted as saying. The centre houses more than 300 pandas across its Wolong, Bifengxia and Dujiangyan bases.

Fibre-rich panda dung is also used as a fertiliser for plantations in Sichuan where Panda tea – one of the world’s most expensive brews – is cultivated.