Innovative Shredder Simultaneously Recycles Paper and Produces New Sheets on Site

The Epson PaperLab wants to cut out the middle man and allow a business to directly recycle paper in their own building. Soon, it will be unnecessary to haul waste to a recycling center and then buy new reams of paper. Instead, a company can simply reproduce their own like-new paper on site.

Epson's innovative invention is a combination shredder and paper-making machine. To use it, a company would dump its waste paper into the machine, which then tears it apart and shoots it with a jet-stream of air to “de-ink” the shredded bits. Liquid binders are added to reassemble the fibers into fresh sheets, with a pressure process to form individual sheets of paper into a custom size, thickness, and color. While the PaperLab machine is by no means compact–it measures nine feet by four feet–it can produce 14 sheets of paper every minute. That's over 6,700 sheets during the 8-hour workday!

The environmental advantages are staggering. In addition to saving trees, the PaperLab also saves water. Recycling, alone, already saves 7,000 gallons of water for every ton of paper that's produced through its conventional processes. Epson's machine uses “dry recycling,” which conserves up to another 12,000 gallons of water for every ton of paper created.

The PaperLab is meant for businesses that deal with a large volume of paper–think government offices and banks. When it goes on sale in Japan (to start), the projected price is said to be close to $75,000.

Epson: Website
via [GoodNewsNetwork]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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