Seiko Epson said PaperLab can make recycled paper without the use of water.
The machine physically breaks sheets of paper down to paper fibre, where the standard paper recycling process utilizes a large amount of water to dissolve paper back to slimy pulp. As no water is used, no drainage system is necessary.
The sales price has not been set, but it will be “more economical than to keep buying new paper,” said Minoru Usui, the president of Seiko Epson.
In three minutes, numerous pieces of scrap paper enter the machine one by one through the feeder, and new sheets of paper are created. Fourteen sheets of A4 paper can be produced in one minute.
Another advantage of the system is that confidential documents can be completely broken down in the process.
However, the sheer size of the machine, 2.6 meters long, 1.2 meters wide and 1.8 meters high, and the noise it makes in operation, admittedly “as loud as a midsize shredder,” will be a challenge to having it adopted as a common office fixture in coming years.
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