What if you could buy an innovative machine for the office that allowed you to shred used paper and in a few hours the machine recycled these shreds of paper into new usable recycled paper for you? Would you invest in it? It depends on the price and the money you save from it, right?
The machine called, Meiko SEED system, was recently introduced at the Eco-Products 2008 convention in Japan. The cost for just one of these machines is $86,000 and they go on sale in the Spring 2009. About 100 are excepted to sale the first year. $86,000 is a lot of money, definitely not a machine a small business can afford, but maybe something a large well established business could consider.
The machine consists of two parts. "The first part of the system, RPN-1500P, dissolves used paper into pulp. This achieves the perfect security which offices today seek via cross-shredding. The second unit, RPM-1500S, receives the pulp slurry via pipe from the first unit and reconstructs, dries and cuts it into a perfect stack of A4 sheets. Only tap water is needed for the process, no chemicals are added" (Treehugger). Each part of Meiko SEED system (part 1 and part 2) measures 1.2m x .65m x 1.5m.
In the span of ten hours the used paper is shredded, turned into pulp and then recycled into a stack of 1500 new clean recycled sheets of paper. In these ten hours the machine also requires 200 liters of tap water (no chemicals are need at all) and 38 kWh of electricity. The entire recycling process is done right there in the machine inside the office. Since no recycling trucks are needed to come haul any used paper away and because there is no longer a need for an employee to buy recycled paper from a store (via car or phone call) gas, money and time are saved. The question is, how long will it take for the machine to pay itself off? It depends on how much new paper the business was buying before.
For more information on this machine visit the Eco-products 2008 website. If you cannot read Japanese a simple click of the translation button will make it easier to understand. Mind you, during translation some words can be lost or misplaced.
Via Treehugger and Bouncing Red Ball