It's normally done in a warehouse facility with giant machinery that isn't exactly office-friendly, though - so in this way, PaperLab is unique (unless you count the White Goat, which converts office paper into toilet paper).
Epson has a new product model, and it's so common sense we wonder why no one else has tried to make what the company is calling the world's first dry-process, in-office paper production system. The machine then turns out sheets of A4 of A3 size, with the user able to define the density and thickness for everything from printer paper to business cards. With this in mind, the company set out to develop technology that would change the paper cycle. The machine has been named Paper Lab by the company and it plans to launch commercial production of the same in Japan in the year 2016 itself. Companies sometimes hire contractors to handle this if they're not shredding the documents themselves, but PaperLab can apparently breaks down documents into paper fibers in the recycling process.
The company says it developed PaperLab in consideration of the universal appeal of paper alongside that fact that this essential tool is produced from a limited resource. After you've loaded waste paper in and press start, PaperLab takes about three minutes to produce the first new sheet of paper, Epson says.
We'll keep you updated if we hear any further news on when this machine will be making its way to markets outside Japan.
Epson will be showcasing the PaperLab at Tokyo's Eco-Products exhibition running December 10 to 12. Ordinarily it takes about a cup of water to make a single A4 sheet of paper.
Types: Office paper, business card paper, and other paper of various thicknesses.
The company also points out that recycling paper onsite shrinks and simplifies the recycling loop.
As a result of its Dry Fiber Technology, Epson says that the PaperLab won't require plumbing, which should make installation easier, though it will still require a small amount of water to create humidity inside the machine.
Using an original mechanism, waste paper is transformed into long, thin cottony, fibres.
Even with the efficiency of today's digital communications, the modern office still churns through its fair share of paper.
A variety of different binders can be added to the fibrised material to increase the binding strength or whiteness of the paper or to add colour, fragrance, flame resistance.