What do you know about paper towels?

In my daughter’s school in Phuket, there is a sign above the paper towel dispenser in the loos that say, ‘Use one sheet only’.

Good idea! We often don’t think about the effects of paper towels on the environment. They are not plastic, are they? And don’t they biodegrade?

In America, 517,230,000 pounds of paper towels are used each year.  Here’s an interesting (and engaging) talk by Joe Smith for TED. Definitely worth watching! And please share with your children too….it’s fun to do together!

Poop paper

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If you love books, there is nothing lovelier than beautiful, craft paper.

Ismail’s family makes paper from elephant poop, and this cottage industry helps the local community, local animals and the country. Its products are being sold in over 30 countries.

Visit them at Maximus.

(Photos from Maximus website).

Please view this informative and heart-warming BBC programme about saving elephants in Sri Lanka by turning their poop into a successful paper industry.