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PaperLab, Epson’s first in-office paper recycling machine

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Recycling is a step towards a greener planet, but it is really tedious considering the logistics and resources. To make this easier, printer giant Epson has developed an in-office paper recycling system known as PaperLab. The reason behind such initiative is that paper is heavily consumed by many industries and the demand for more paper is exhausting earth’s natural resources. By converting used paper into reusable, clean paper sheets and that too without water, this machine changes the process of recycling.

Traditional recycling process requires transporting the used papers to a paper manufacturing plant. The disposal of confidential documents also requires a lot struggle to maintain security. But with PaperLab you can get recycled paper within few minutes that too in your office itself. It generates up to 14 clean paper sheets per minute. That is 6720 new paper sheets in your 8 hours office duration. It can also provide you with A4 or A3 size paper sheets with the thickness of your choice. You can get a very thin white sheet of paper, and you can also get a thicker one if you wish.

Three step process of recycling:

  1. Once you put used paper into the machine, it converts paper into fibres. Epson says, it works as a paper shredder as well as a paper maker, which will be really useful in destroying confidential documents.
  2. The second process is binding fibres together with other chemicals to increase paper whiteness and strength. Several binders can be added to the machine to create coloured paper, fragrant paper, or flame resistant paper.
  3. Finally, the machine uses a pressure forming stage, during which paper’s size and thickness are decided.

This is the first in-office paper making system that can create fresh paper without using water. Water is a major ingredient in the traditional paper making process. But while recycling paper at an office, it is really important to make it a “dry process.” Water is a valuable natural resource and Epson felt the need of a dry process for recycling paper. However, this machine uses a small amount of water to preserve humidity within the machine.

Ability to make fresh paper at the ease of pushing a button is really attracting companies who are looking to save money. But there is a lot more to know about this machine. Information regarding how much waste paper it takes to generate 14 new paper sheets or how much energy the machine consumes is still unknown. This information will play a major role in deciding whether it’s worth buying the machine rather than dumping waste paper into the blue bin.

The current prototype of the machine has:

  • Width: 8.5 feet
  • Depth: 3.9 feet
  • Height: 6 feet

This machine will take up a good amount of space at your office storeroom. It will roll out in Japan in 2016 as a test market. The price and launch date are yet to be announced.

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