Sure, you could just throw old office paper into the recycle bin and have piece-of-mind, but why not turn office paper into brand new pencils? It sounds strange, but a new gadget claims to do just that. Feed it some paper, and it spits out a fresh, new pencil. Pretty cool!
Chinese designers Chengzhu Ruan, Yuanyuan Liu, Xinwei Yuan and Chao Chen created the so-called P&P Office Waste Processor. The device isn’t in production yet, but it’s a viable product. After all, aren’t all pencils made from trees, the same thing paper is made out of?
The ‘paper-to-pencil maker’ works by feeding a sheet into the device, much like feeding a piece of paper into a fax machine or copier. The device then rolls the paper tightly around a stick of graphite. Finally, the paper is glued together and voila, a brand new homemade pencil made from recycled paper.
The device only requires three ingredients: paper, graphite sticks and glue. The P&P Office Waste Processor also doubles as a pencil sharpener.
This could really be useful in the office and at schools. Think about it, the next time your child forgets to bring a pencil to class, the teacher can simply whip one up in the P&P Office Waste Processor. It’s a great way to teach kids about recycling and reusing, although it’s probably not a good thing to teach them that forgetting to bring a pencil to class each day is helping to save the planet!
Paper waste accounts for more than 28 percent of the municipal waste stream in the U.S., according to the EPA. More than 70 percent of paper is recycled in the U.S., which isn’t bad, but any device that helps boost this figure a bit higher is fine by me.
If you feel the need to have a recycled pencil holder to go along with your homemade pencil, I found a couple of useful tutorials that’ll help you make your desktop a little big greener. This DIY pencil holder uses cardboard toilet paper rolls, while this one uses an empty soup can. Craft time!