Japanese printer uses no ink, erases paper for reuse

A Japanese firm says invented an eco-friendly printer that can erase paper to be reused over and over again.

Japanese printer uses no ink, erases paper for reuse

A Japanese firm says invented an eco-friendly printer that can erase paper to be reused over and over again.

The "PrePeat" from Sanwa Newtec may be the most environmentally friendly you’ve seen so far since it requires no ink cartidges or toner and can erase paper to be reused over and over again.

The printer uses a special thermal head and heat-sensitive plastic sheets to print whatever documents are required. Users won't have to buy ink or other consumables ever again.

Because there is no ink or toner to replace the running costs are going to be minimal. Each sheet of Peat Paper can be used 1,000 times before it needs replacing making them quite eco-friendly too.

In terms of cost, the printer will go on sale for 500,000 yen (US$5,500) and the paper is 300 yen per sheet in lots of 1,000 meaning a batch will cost you roughly $3,300. Such prices are bound to reduce over time and still work out relatively cheap when you consider how much you save on consumables.

There is currently no word on a release date, but Sanwa will be targeting large corporations and business users initially.


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