by Eileen Weber
O.K., maybe not 101 things. More like a tiny handful. But poop is still poop, even when you repurpose it. In this case, jewelry made from moose droppings will probably be the most unusual gift item this coming holiday season. Made in Maine (of course), it’s clear Down-Easters have a lot of time on their hands.
These little beauties can be found as dangling earrings, pendants, tie tacks and even Christmas ornaments. But Mainers aren’t the only ones wondering what to do with poop. Alaskans are also proud producers of poop jewelry, called Moose Nuggets. Earrings, tie tacks, even swizzle sticks. They’ve got ‘em too.
Perhaps it’s the cold that makes them crazy…
But if jewelry isn’t your thing, how about cards and stationery made from poop. Poo Poo Paper is made from—you guessed it—poop. The waste fibers from elephant dung are boiled down and what’s left is manufactured into paper products. Journals, photo albums, and even wrapping paper round out the product offerings. The same is true for Sheep Poo Paper made from craft paper makers in Wales. Made from sheep poop, they offer an array of odorless and environmentally friendly paper products.
If you’re looking for something for Fido, look no further than this cotton T-shirt. With a recycle logo that says “Eat-Poop-Sleep,” what more could you want for your well-dressed pet? Although, I think that slogan applies more to my kids than the dog. And apparently so did the people at Earth Happy Kids. They have an organic cotton onesie, American made and sweatshop free, with the same tag line. Kids and dogs really do have something in common.
The next time you spend ten minutes reading the sports section, take along some Poo-Pourri. An environmentally friendly bathroom spray, it takes the odor out of a lengthy visit to the lavatoire. On the subject of better smells, try some incense. Although, this one is a bit different. We’re back to the moose business with Moose-cense. Packaged by a couple in Montana, they swear burning moose droppings gives off a sweet smell like willow, sweetgrass, or dogwood. Sure. I bet it does.
While one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the same could be said here. Poop might be trash to you; but to someone else, it’s pair of earrings.