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Epson Exhibits at Eco-Products 2016

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Epson exhibited at EcoPro 2016 -International Exhibition on Environment and Energy-, held at Tokyo Big Sight between December 8-10, 2016. The event, hosted by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI) and Nikkei Inc., is one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan. Here is a report from the Epson booth.

Booth overview

Now in its 18th year, the name of the exhibition has been changed from Eco-products to EcoPro -International Exhibition on Environment and Energy-. Epson has participated since the very beginning, using the event to showcase its various initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint. At this year's show, we demonstrated PaperLab, the world's first*1 in-office papermaking system whose commercialization we had announced in Japan on November 30. The booth drew a huge number of visitors.

*1 PaperLab is the first in-office papermaking system to use a dry process, per Epson research conducted in November 2016.

PaperLab demonstration on the presentation stage

During an opening presentation on the first day, Epson President Minoru Usui said, "The universal appeal of paper lies in its simplicity as a means of communication. Information on paper is easy to read, easy to digest, and easy to remember. Paper is also handy. You can carry it with you, write on it, and pass it around. However, paper is made using limited, precious resources. Epson developed the PaperLab to complete a printing ecosystem that will allow users to use this convenient medium of communication without worrying unduly about environmental implications, printing costs, and security." Customers who plan to introduce the PaperLab spoke in a video about the value they expect from PaperLab, while Epson demonstrated how the PaperLab can be used to upcycle used office paper into new colored paper.

President Usui showing recycled colored paper
President Usui showing recycled colored paper

Corporate initiatives corner

Epson supports Nature's Best Photography, one of the world's leading nature-themed photo contests. In this corner we made a mini-gallery of five photo prints to illustrate Epson's environmental initiatives. Some visitors stopped to take a photo of them.

President Usui showing recycled colored paper

In 2008, Epson established "Environmental Vision 2050." In our quest to achieve that vision, we look forward to creating more world-changing products like PaperLab that will help reduce our environmental footprint.

Environmental activities