What if all that paper your workplace recycled was turned into toilet paper instead? Some workplaces might even have enough to supply the homes of their employees. One Japanese company has made this into a reality with a machine that recycles office paper into toilet paper in just 30 minutes.
This new machine, named the White Goat, recycles office paper into toilet paper right in your office. The automated system shreds the paper, mixes it with water, flattens the pulp, dries it, and rolls it into bathroom tissue in just 30 minutes a roll. It takes 40 sheets of paper per roll, which costs 10 cents to make.
Unfortunately, the machine weighs in at 1,300 pounds and costs $100,000. To recoup the initial investment, it'd need to run continuously for 11 years during which time it'd produce 200,000 rolls of toilet paper, and use up far more energy than trees saved. But it is a novel idea and a great start at turning waste into usable products.