Epson Create First In-Office Recycling System

So you’re in the office and you print off several pages for a meeting or a project, once you’re done with them though you find the green bin and place them in the recycling. Weeks and weeks later that paper is being recycled and used in something else. Soon though you could find it all happening from inside the walls of your office.

Epson is best known for making printers, but this printer is a little different. Instead of taking those memes or cute kitty pictures you like so much, after putting in some of your used paper, within minutes, this printer will return you perfectly white paper ready for use.

By breaking down the input paper into the fibres that make it up before building them up into sheets, either A4 or A3 and with varying thickness and density settings, while making recovering the original document is pretty much impossible. Want some thicker paper for business cards? Why not something light for quick notes in an office? All made from last weeks paper, no problem.

The current printing rate is about 14 A4 sheets per minute, meaning in an eight-hour day you will create around  6,720 sheets of A4 paper all from the stuff you no longer want to use. By reducing the amount of water required the PaperLab is said to use a “dry process”, meaning a little water can create a large amount of paper rather than having to have the system build into the plumbing like more traditional recycling machines.