The Paper Shredder that Makes Paper…

Recycling on your own is pretty limited. You can reuse plastic containers and glass bottles, compost newspaper and bundle other recyclables, but barring the impractical, that’s about it, until now!

A Japanese company has invented an in-office paper shredder and recycler that actually makes usable sheets of paper.

The Meiko SEED paper recycling system can transform used business paper into 1,500 sheets of new paper.

It takes 10 hours to produce 1,500 sheets and requires 200 liters of tap water and 38 kWh of electricity. The environmental footprint looks like this:

  • Virgin paper: 390.7 liters of water and 80.3 kWh of energy consumption;
  • Recycled paper: 153.4 liters of water and 31.4 kWh of energy consumed.

Paper can be recycled up to 10 times. The Meiko system uses 30% less water than similar systems and costs a mere $86,000. Apparently that’s a competitive price because the company expects to sell 100 units in the first year.

Although cynics wonder what happens to the wastewater. A lot of paper is made with chemical coatings.

Via TreeHugger.

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  • Industrial Shredders  January 10, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Identity theft has brought great tensions to the corporate world causing many companieslosses each year. Everyone is scared of their personal information not leaked out tosome strangers. Not only offices but individuals at home should also purchase onefor safety.

  • Paper Shredder for Sales  January 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    In a civil case, a judge can allow the jury to question a document-destroying party’s intentions. For example, judges in certain cases will tell jurors they should assume missing documents are harmful simply because they were destroyed–even if they never see the contents.

  • Paper Shredder  May 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Every office should have one of these. The cuteness more than makes up for the smell.

  • Paper Shredders  May 28, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Here here! Identity theft has been on the increase making it more important to destroy those sensitive documents. Our office supplies & stationery store sells the Fellowes range and in our opinion they are far superior to the alternatives.

  • Paper Shredders  July 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Hi, I was looking around for some informative posts concerning shredders and I found yours. Hope to get some more valuable knowledge like this one. I run a plastic and glass industry and need shredders for my industry.

  • Formax  January 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Great article. The shredder market is one of the fastest growing segments of the office equipment industry.

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