Japanese machine turns office paper into toilet paper (w/ Video)

Feb 01, 2010 by Lisa Zyga weblog
The White Goat uses 40 sheets of standard office paper to make one roll of toilet paper. Image credit: Oriental Co., Ltd.

(PhysOrg.com) -- As the latest invention in the wave of green technology, a machine called the "White Goat" that turns office paper into rolls of toilet paper sounds like an intriguing idea. Its Japanese developers, Oriental Co., Ltd., claim that the machine can save 60 cedar trees per year while minimizing office paper waste.

As the company explains, the White Goat uses 40 sheets of standard A4 office paper and some water to make one roll of , a process which takes about 30 minutes. First, a built-in shredder cuts the paper into ribbons, which move to a pulper where they are dissolved in water. The resulting pulp is thinned out, dried, and rolled up into ready-to-use toilet paper. Each roll costs about 10 Yen (11 cents) to make, compared to a store-bought roll of about 60 cents.

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Oriental Co., Ltd., exhibits the White Goat at Eco-Products 2009.

The 1.8-meter-tall machine, which weighs 600 kg, is set to go on sale this summer for $100,000. At that price, as some critics have pointed out, the White Goat would have to churn out lots of toilet paper to be economical. It would take 200,000 recycled rolls to break even, not including the costs of running the machine. If the machine were to run 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, it would take a little over 11 years to produce the 200,000 rolls. But then again, maybe it’s not all about money. Saving trees, reducing paper waste, and serving as a constant reminder of human impact on the environment are also byproducts of the machine.

Explore further: Prototype display uses eyeglass prescription to allow for viewing devices without glasses

More information: Oriental Co. website [Japanese]

via: DVICE

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NotAsleep
5 / 5 (7) Feb 01, 2010
Pay $100,000 for the opportunity to wipe my ass with those TPS reports? Sold
Milou
5 / 5 (3) Feb 01, 2010
This is were your resume go after a job fair. This is like buying silk to wipe our ass. I love it!!!
Willie
4.5 / 5 (2) Feb 01, 2010
Any new technology will always cost a lot, but in about 5 years they should have a model for everyone's house. If they can go down to a $1000.00, then it would be profitable to have one. Finally we will make all of junk mail we get in the mail, be use for good use. They always full of crap, now they will definitely be full of it.
Mercury_01
5 / 5 (3) Feb 01, 2010
Pay $100,000 for the opportunity to wipe my ass with those TPS reports? Sold


Solid gold right there.lol
Hunnter
5 / 5 (1) Feb 01, 2010
I'm sorry to be the "negative" one, but where is all that price coming from?
I assume all the insides are coated with gold?

But really, a frame, some rollers, a shredder, a pulper, some electronics and wiring, glass / plastic, heater?
Surely they weren't mad enough to have made production lines for these things?
I doubt they would have required a lot of re...ohhhh, never mind, The Patent System strikes again!

Anyway, i'm glad i saved up all those useless papers i get from mail to reports to old magazines.
I was saving it for the ice age, but apparently we are safe for another year, sweet.
robbor
Feb 01, 2010
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Sanescience
5 / 5 (2) Feb 02, 2010
I wonder what would happen if you spilled some capsaicin extract on some paper then dropped them into the machine. Yikes!
Moshe
3 / 5 (2) Feb 02, 2010
I wonder if the electricity used by the machine, manufacturing it and transport of the machine to the reseller and then to buyer will ever pay off the environmental saving it'll do...
PinkElephant
1 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2010
I wonder what happens to all the toner ink that usually decorates used office paper. Somehow, going to the toilet is not my idea of body-painting fun time...
antialias
4 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2010
200k recycled rolls to break even on a 100k$ machine? What kind of toilet rolls do they normally buy? Gold leaf?

And I bet there will be (costly) service intervals and repairs which will ruin any savings incurred.

The idea isn't all bad, though - but the machine is overpriced by a factor of about 100.
CreepyD
3 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2010
I guess it's 100k because it's aimed at businesses. Something aimed only at businesses almost always gets a hugely inflated price tag.
Milou
3 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2010
Perhaps we should put all the CEOs and management staff in there.
danman5000
3 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2010
Leave it to the Japenese to make a near-worthless invention with a crazy-sounding name. While a neat idea in theory, it's not going anywhere with that price tag. The cost should go down with the mass produced version, the White Goat v2.0: Happy Fantastic Carnival Machine.
Ant
5 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2010
would it work in reverse crap in university disatations out.
Thadieus
Feb 03, 2010
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mayan
not rated yet Feb 07, 2010
This machine might be from Microsoft's Paperless office division, they are the guys who does paperless office software.