Feb
02
2010

The future? Oh, it’s here. And it brought toilet paper.

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Very much like thisCourtesy Jeff Henshaw
Chill out, everybody. I can tell you’re all stressed out about the future, and why it’s not here, and where the flying cars are, and the laser-powered washing machines, and the genetically engineered dog-faced cats, and all that other stuff we were basically promised.

You feel like you’ve been cheated. I can see it on your faces.

Well don’t worry. The future is here, and it’s called Japan. Check it out: a machine that recycles regular old office paper into brand new toilet paper! Finally! A solution to our office paper surplus/toilet paper shortage, and a great new reason to be absolutely horrified of staples!

The new machine, called “White Goat” (because, duh, like a goat, it will eat almost anything, and it excretes something you want to rub on your orifices), will turn 40 sheets of office paper into one roll of toilet paper in about 30 minutes, at a cost of about 11 cents a roll. I’m not sure if this cost includes only the paper, or also the electricity and water the machine needs. That’s sort of important.

White goat costs somewhat more than a real goat (about $100,000), and will likely be much more difficult to eat when it has outlived its usefulness. Still, it seems like a clever in-house recycling thing, and it makes me wonder what sort of similar, and perhaps more practical, devices could be made for organizations with lots of a particular kind of waste.

Here’s the White Goat in action:

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Molly P says:

So I followed the link above and they say that using the White Goat to make toilet paper costs 11 cents to make and that regular toilet paper costs 60 cents to buy. By my calculations it would take a littl200,000 rolls of toilet paper for the White Goat to pay for itself.

If it makes rolls every half hour and you had it running constantly (making 48 rolls a day) it would take almost 12 years!

posted on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 7:39pm

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