Ricoh's Plant-Based Plastic Printers


Following the lead of NEC's cellphone, Sony's Walkman and HP's printer, Ricoh has entered the wonderful world of bioplastics. The Japanese company has become the first manufacturer to use plant-based plastics as part of a multifunctional printer. They're presently testing two black and white and one color printer with over 50 percent plant-based plastic in Japan. According to Tadakatsu Harada, of Ricoh's Research and Development Group, we may be on the verge of plastic revolution: "Just three years ago plastics made from plants were considered unsuitable for copiers due to inadequate heat resistance, poor impact resistance and limited formability. We have worked together with a materials manufacturer to develop a plastic that works. Our effort is the first step in the right direction." ::Australian IT via ::Gizmodo