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New Machine Recycles Office Paper into Toilet Paper On-Site

Posted By Jessica Dailey On February 2, 2011 @ 11:37 am In green technology,Recycled Materials,Recycling initiatives | 4 Comments

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Do you ever get so frustrated at work that you just want to throw all your papers in the garbage? Well, soon you could be able to flush them down the toilet — literally. Japanese company Oriental invented a machine that recycles [1] office paper into toilet paper right in your office. All you have to do is put paper and water in the machine and 30 minutes later, out comes a roll of TP.

toilet paper machine, paper recycled into toilet paper, invention recycled office paper into toilet paper, japanese company orientalThe machine, affectionately named the White Goat, removes any stray staples (ouch!), shreds the paper, mixes it with water, flattens the pulp, dries it, and rolls it into bathroom tissue. It takes 40 sheets of paper to make one roll, and each roll only costs 10 cents. Seems like a no-brainer for paper recycling [1], doesn’t it?

On the downside, the monstrous super-machine weighs 1,300 pounds, stands 6 feet tall, and costs a whopping $100,000. To pay for itself, the machine would need to produce 200,000 rolls of toilet paper, which would require it to run continuously for 11 years.

WHY THIS MATTERS

While the energy consumption of the current machine model would negate all environmental benefits reaped from the recycling, it’s innovative ideas like this that have the potential to create real change. As the inventors continue to work on the machine, it will undoubtedly become smaller, more efficient, and less expensive. In the future, we could all be sending our workload right down the drain.

Via Natural News [2]


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