Giant pandas are a national treasure, and the panda’s poops are also a kind of treasures! On the 18th, the China Giant Panda Conservation Research Center officially signed a cooperation agreement with a paper production company.
The research center agreed to supply poops of giant pandas and food residues to the company for the production of household paper. At present, this “panda toilet paper” has become available, and its price is not cheap at all.
On the afternoon of the 18th, a reporter learned from the Dujiangyan Base of the China Giant Panda Conservation Research Center, that the panda food residues and feces of the three major panda bases in Dujiangyan, Wolong and Bifengxia would be recycled and reused through washing and choosing, cooking and high-temperature disinfection. Then, plant fibers are extracted to be produced as panda paper.
The head of the research and development department of the Research Center Safender told the Chengdu Business Daily that an adult giant panda eats 12-15 kilograms of bamboo a day.
After panda digests its food, it is turned into more than 10 kilograms of feces. Panda feces are called “green balls”. When they become slightly dry, they shall see that the ingredients of the “green balls” are actually finely divided bamboo joints.
With the bamboo not entirely consumed, most of it becomes residues. Each giant panda produces about 50 kilograms of bamboo residues per day.
These bamboo residues and panda feces had previously been cleaned up when the breeders were cleaning the pens; they were treated as garbage and partially used for composting.
This practice causes a certain degree of pollution, and it is more troublesome to handle. It is certainly a good thing for the research center to collect their feces and bamboo residues, then make paper out of it.