Seiko Epson, the Japanese based company known for its printers and DSLR cameras is all set to sell a personal paper recycling machine which can be used to recycle paper into new sheets within the office without using water. Dubbed the PaperLab, it makes use of a technology that first shreds the papers down to its fibres and instead of water as binding agents it uses special adhesives. The fibres bind and get calibrated into new sheets.
The process however differs greatly from the regular shredding but it still can remove the colors from the fibres to create a clean sheet of the paper. The machine is capable of recycling 14 papers per minute and since it doesn’t involve transportation of the raw material, it will also help you save on the gas emissions.
This is not all, the Epson recycler will also allow you to set the thickness of the paper and it can work continuously, which means that this office recycler is capable of producing 6,720 recycled sheets in an 8-hour long workday. If you need papers for your business cards, you can tweak the thickness in order to do so. As we already outlined, unlike other recycling machines, the Epson PaperLab won’t be needing a mainstream water inlet – instead it has got a small tank of water that needs to be filled up occasionally and this will help in maintaining the necessary level of humidity.
Epson has been tight lipped about the working details of the machine, which is obvious considering the fact that it is the first time such a machine has been devised. The mechanism of converting the fibres into the papers seems to be patented and in all likelihood Epson might be using some kind of reusable solvent. Although Epson has not revealed the cost of the machine, considering its utility and the positive impact on the environment, it might be a worthwhile investment. In offices which follow the legacy method of record keeping and operating, the recycling machines will come in handy.
The PaperLab will be put up for sale in Japan starting next year and a prototype of the same is expected to be exhibited in the upcoming Ec0-Products 2015 conference to be held in Tokyo. In the meanwhile, the video below will walk you through the basic processes involved.