A Swedish inventor has discovered a rather roundabout way of getting paper from his country's pine forests -- make it from elk dung.
Sune Haggmark and his partner Ann-Mari Remahn experimented with a food-mixer and an oven before finding the right consistency, the tabloid Expressen reported.
They take eight to 10 elk pats, add water and a secret binding agent and turn the dung into a small sheaf of A5-size paper costing 70 Swedish crowns ($8).
"The paper is pure cellulose and doesn't smell of anything except bark," Remahn said. "It's a light brown color shot through with traces of bark and small splinters."
The newspaper said tourists from Russia, France and Germany had trekked to the couple's small-holding near Ostersund in central Sweden to buy the paper and Sune's latest product -- elk dung visiting cards.