Japan Introduces the Waste-Less Printer

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Japan Introduces the Waste-Less Printer

 user 2010-02-05 at 1:46:55 am Views: 51
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    More and more companies are jumping into the “green” bandwagon. They
    have launched or implemented their own “green campaigns” in the office.
    One of the most common “green measures” that they do is to go
    “paperless” as much as possible. However, any type of business would
    probably realize that an office will never be “paperless” since the
    need to have hard copies of some documents still arises from time to
    time.

    Well, a Japanese firm may have the answer to this concern: the
    PrePeat. PrePeat is a new breed of desktop printer that uses plastic
    sheets instead of paper. This plastic sheet is made from heat-senstive
    PET (polyethylene). Yes, the “paper” that it prints on is made from
    recycled plastic. PET is the polymeric material commonly used in the
    manufacturing of plastic bottles for beverages and some plastic bags.

    What makes the PrePeat truly amazing is it not only prints but also
    erases and reprints on the same page (or plastic sheet) over and over.
    Each “plastic sheet” can be reused 1,000 times. The new printer makes
    use of inkless technology so it not only eliminates the need for printer cartridges
    but also prevents more wastes from accumulating. It also contributes to
    environment conservation since it makes use of plastic sheet and
    re-uses it.

    The PrePeat Printer (Reproduced from Treehugger)

    The PrePeat Printer (Reproduced from Treehugger)

    By far, the only “disadvantage” of the PrePeat is its price. A
    printer unit costs USD 5,517.00. The plastic sheets are equally
    expensive. They are currently available only in reams (where 1 ream =
    1,000 plastic sheets). Each ream is priced at USD 3,300.00. With these
    soaring prices, individuals and businesses will surely shy away from
    using PrePeat but hopefully, its Japanese manufacturer can find some
    alternatives that can lower the selling prices.

    To give you an idea on how PrePeat works (print, erase and re-print), here’s a link to the demo video.