Japan Introduces the Waste-Less Printer

February 4, 2010 No Comments

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.

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