Due to the huge use of paper sheets in offices, these account for a high proportion of their solid waste and contribute to deforestation. Although recycling bins are common, it is sometimes hard to find out where all that trash ends up and if it is even recycled.
To solve that problem, in Japan they have invented the White Goat, an on-site machine that turns office paper into fresh toilet paper. All you need to do is put in 40 A4 sheets to produce one roll of toilet paper. The machine has a shredder that tears the paper into little pieces, which are then dissolved in water in a pulper. After that, the pulp is thinned out, dried and rolled up to produce the toilet paper roll. It takes just 30 minutes and its operating costs are calculated at 11 cents (US$) per roll. The use of this recycling machine can save an average of 60 trees per year.
- All organizations that have offices
Oriental is the company that designed and manufactures the White Goat. They presented it in EcoProducts 2009.