London, Dec 30 (ANI): A British design consultant has developed an environment friendly paper shredder- powered by a hamster.
The shredder has been constructed by Tom Ballhatchet, 29, who's pursuing his master's degree in industrial design.
It takes 45 minutes for the hamster, running on its wheel, to shred one sheet of A4 paper.
As the wheel moves the paper falls on to the base of the hamster cage, providing fresh bedding for the furry pet.
"I wanted to come up with a product that would capture people's imagination while addressing issues of topical concern such as climate change, recycling and identity fraud," the Telegraph quoted Ballhatchet as saying.
"The hamster shredder provides a solution to all of these things because it relies on the hamster to generate power, destroys confidential documents and turns paper into bedding.
"Owners can put their paper in the top before they go to bed and wake up to find the hamster has been on its wheel and shredded the paper in the process.
"The hamster just has to go about its normal life," he added.
Many companies have expressed their interest in turning the working prototype into a fullscale production. (ANI)