Panda Poop Is Being Turned Into Facial Tissues and Toilet Paper

Napkins made by panda feces and food debris is seen in Chengdu in China's southwestern Sichuan province on December 20, 2017. Getty

A new type of luxury facial tissue made with recycled Panda feces is set to be launched in China.

The bizarre product, called "Panda poo," will retail at for $6.54 a box, ten times the price of ordinary tissue paper.

Sichuan Jianwei County Fengsheng Paper Company struck a deal with giant panda reserves in southwest China on Monday, which allows them to collect and recycle the feces and food debris from the center's three bases in Dujiangyan, Wolong and Bifengxia, local media reported.

As part of the deal, the company will collect the raw materials every three to seven days, combine the excrement and food waste and produce retail tissue paper.

Huang Yan, a researcher at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), told the Chengdu Business Daily that each animal passes more than 22 pounds of excrement per day and taking care of it is "rather time-consuming."

Pandas also produce about 110 pounds of food waste each day, as the bears often spit out large amounts of bamboo after chewing.

"They're taking care of our rubbish for us," Huang Yan, a researcher at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), told the newspaper. "Turning [feces] into tissue offers a perfect solution for us to deal with [the] waste."

In addition to luxury facial tissues, the company will also produce other paper products, such as toilet paper, handkerchiefs and napkins.

"[Excrement] will not be used to make paper for writing," Zhou Chuanping, the company's deputy general manager, said. "[So] to ensure safety, the paper will undergo bacteria testing before it enters the market."

Addressing concerns of skeptics who may find it unhygenic to wipe their faces with feces, Zhou said that there are many processes in place to ensure the product is ready for consumption. After washing and streaming, the paper will be sterilized in high temperatures. Meanwhile, the high cost of production justifies the expensive price of the tissue, he argued.

"We have achieved a win-win situation with the pandas," Yang Chaolin, the company's chairman, said.

Are you a true #panda fan? Tissue paper made from “panda poo” is now available in #China. This special product uses real panda poop and food waste from three panda bases in Sichuan. But don’t worry, they like to eat bamboo and the waste consists mainly of bamboo fibers. 🐼💩

— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) December 19, 2017