Surprising things made out of jumbo dung…

The TEDxCoimbatore name tags. Wanting to produce badges that were both eco-friendly and useful, the team at TEDxCoimbatore turned to an interesting material — elephant dung.

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Laced with plant seeds, the tags (and speaker profiles!) were made in a way that made them perfect for re-use: a paper of bleached elephant dung, that when placed in soil and watered, sprouts flowers.

"Most often, handouts at fairs and name tags are disposed of," said the designer of the name tags in an interview with The Times of India. "We wanted to show that they can be put to better use."

No word yet on how they smelled, but we’re guessing the bleach took care of that.

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