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Israeli man invents 'cardboard bicycle'

Posted: 19 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cardboard bicycle  lacquer 

Israel-based cycling enthusiast Izhar Gafni has invented a working bicycle which is made almost entirely out of recycled cardboard.

"The bicycle has the potential to change transportation habits from the world's most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa," Reuters quoted Gafni as saying.

Cardboard, used to make this bicycle, is treated with a secret concoction that makes it waterproof and fireproof. And, then it is coated with lacquer paint for appearance.

"Once ready for production, the bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brakes, wheels and pedal bearings will be made of recycled materials."

"This is a real game-changer. It changes ... the way products are manufactured and shipped, it causes factories to be built everywhere instead of moving production to cheaper labour markets, everything that we have known in the production world can change," said Nimrod Elmish, Gafni's business partner.

Gafni told Reuters that the cardboard bicycle should cost no more than about Rs.1,086.96 ($20) to buy. The costs of materials used are estimated at Rs.489.13 ($9) per unit.

The cardboard bicycle would be made on largely automated production lines; and the mass production is expected to begin in a few months.

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