Poppies are one of my favorite wildflowers - naturally, since they're the state flower of California! These days I can't seem to turn around without seeing another bunch of their bright orange blooms waving in the breeze. It's always so tempting to pick them and bring a little bit of that cheer indoors, but in California its illegal to pick poppies. I'm sure that no one is actually looking, but rather than risk a fine and a misdemeanor, we created these realisitic beauties to bring indoors.
Want to know what they're made out of?
Well, if you want to get technical...ELEPHANT POOP!
Yep, you read that right!
Roaring Spring has created a line of journals and notebooks made from 100% recycled elephant poo! Despite my initial shock and cries of "Eeeeeeeeew," Roaring Spring Elephant PooPoo Paper is actually really cool. It's completely odorless (and has been sanitized), and it resembles any other paper made with natural fibers. Since elephants eat mostly grass, and their systems don't really break down the fiber during digestion, Roaring Spring has taken a material that is in huge excess and turned it into something useful and sustanible. Pretty neat, right?
Roaring Spring also has another awesome environmentally friendly and sustainable line with their Environotes Sugar Cane Notebooks made from the leftover fibers of sugar cane plants. The sugar cane paper is thinner than the PooPoo paper, so it's more suitable for every day use and note taking.
While I'm on the topic, can I also mention that I was SO excited to discover that Roaring Spring also make landscape format writing pads? Roaring Spring Landscape Format Writing Pad – College Ruled AND quad ruled - Love it!
To make our paper poppies, we used watercolor paint to add color to a few sheets of the PooPoo Paper. You'll need to paint enough pages so that each flower has four orange petals and a dark brown center. We fit two petals per sheet, so each of our flowers took 3 sheets of paper. Full directions and a tutorial for assembling the flowers can be found at Wedding Bee.
Thank you to Shoplet for sending us these products to test and review! Shoplet is a fantastic source for office supplies, note pads and notebooks online. If you're in the market for paper notebooks, definitely head over to Shoplet and take a peek at their great selection!
Note: I was provided with these products by Shoplet.com in exchange for a review; however, all opinions are 100% mine!