Pook - the 100% Recyclable Tissue or Hand Towel Made From Paper




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Paper, Everywhere you go in the world you would encounter this piece of material which can be made into many things and also used in our own learning. But not all of us are aware of how much this material costs to the environment. thousands and even millions of trees are cut down to produce this material. So when entering epilog contest i was wondering which project to undertake and with me i had a pencil and a blank paper. I was tired of looking at the paper and bam...there it was, i thought to my self " what if i made something cool with the paper and at the same time recycle it with zero cost."

Then there came this new generation of tissue paper or hand towel which changed the view of people in Fiji towards the ordinary waste paper. Me and a couple of friends gathered some waste paper and followed the production process which is really really simple and manufactured the batch of POOK the 100% recyclable Tissue or hand towel which saves the planet and also makes the most out of the paper. That means it can be also degraded into simple soil. in this Instructable i will show you how you can make your own POOK hand towel or tissue paper and help in the recycling of this material and make the most of what nature has given us.

Remember this is a Original product of POOK tissue papers and is sold over in Fiji islands. Please this is for educational purpose only and do not try to sell this again. The current product is sold in Fiji for really cheap and comes in boxes of 150 per box and cost $0.50 per box.

On to the next step shall we ?.....

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Step 1: How to Make POOK

As highlighted in the previous intro, The POOK is easy to make and really a 100% green product which can be used everywhere in each developing country.


- As Many waste papers as you can find
- you

That's all we need to make your very own POOK and its the most amazing product we have ever made.

Step 2: Method

Step 1 :

Get the piece of paper and scrap it into a round ball as hard as possible , but at the same time keep aware that it dose not get torn.

Step 2

Now open the scrap ball of paper and turn to the other side and scrap or press in to a ball again. Do this again and again about 10 times or until the paper becomes rough and really soft. But in our case the paper was printed using a old inkjet printer with our product logo and name and then done into a ball.

Step 3

When you know its soft enough and rough like a tissue paper then lay it straight and fold it into four. This should look like that in the photo below.

Step 4

Now that you have your tissue paper you can try it out wiping your mouth when you go drink . It should work like a real tissue paper. Also if it does not feel like it then continue step 2.

Congratulation you finished your POOK and ready to be used.

Step 3: The Use and Disposal

As you may have already knew that this POOK is recycled paper and is bio -degradable this can be used anywhere and at anytime and be disposed like any other tissue or hand towel. Thus it is just a greener and more 100% environment friendly way and a better substitute of tissue paper ad hand towel. Also from our calculation and sales status it is the best solution for tissue paper at Fiji now.
Its a new product and thus still growing really fast.

As you can use it a normal tissue paper or hand towel and also make your own in case of emergency when there is no tissue paper around.

Warning :

Do not attempt to use this as a Toilet paper in anyways cause it is not meant for that standard and may clog or harm your toilet system. This has been tested and the results shown as negative.

Results :

Green = 100%
Environment friendly = 95%
Recycling = 56%
Carbon reducing = 45%

total benefits = 88%

The best way to go with POOK. Try now.

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    19 Discussions


    4 years ago on Step 3

    interesting. why the name POOK? how did you scale up production to make it feasible yet affordable?
    I do see this as a new way to reuse waste. perhaps try to source an office that uses recycled paper, reuse it into POOK, and then compost.


    5 years ago on Step 2

    Really innovative,Great ideas come simple


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not sure it can be called recycling if you are taking brand new paper and using it for this, actually it might be an argument for waste, as some facial tissues actually use a recycled component.

    3 replies

    Actually pretty sure most tissues are recycled, and virtually all toilet paper is recycled, the only ones that are not are high end lotion embued tissues and papers.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    not to burst your bubble but i saw this on tv when i was 5, thats 16 years ago, and again when i was 8, this is nothing new Also normal tissue paper does the job alot better as thats what its made for, where as paper is a lot less efficient. also im not too sure your percentages are right either

    6 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Failed pun? Not more efficiant at keeping snot at bay, or cleaning spills etc, at the end o the day its still a sheet of normal paper not tissue paper


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    a normal tissue is far more efficient at any job you would use this for and is probably a greener option


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    not really, it would be better off being recycled properly, it takes less paper to make a proper tissue than it does to make one of these, yes the paper may be free but that is used and with inks etc added. now i know i wouldnt blow my nose with, or put anything covered in ink that could have been who knows where near my mouth where as a standard tissue comes unused in any way, and degrades faster.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The commercial product is made out of waste paper from office and schools and then printed with a special ink which is bright and with stand the other inks. Then it is packed in box and sealed for use.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Do they use some machine to soften the office paper - the result is similar, but not hand-made? L


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    OK, thanks. Might you be able to show the large commercial process? It would be good to see this on a large scale. L