On your (cardboard) bike
A new spin on the concept of green vehicles has come in the form of a cardboard bicycle.
Costing just US$9 to produce the invention is the work of Israeli man Izhar Gafni, who wanted to prove to fellow engineers he could make a bicycle at nearly no cost, from recycled and used cardboard.
Bicycles are the most popular form of transport in his community in the Negev, Israel, and Gafni wanted to design a cheap alternative that promotes exercise and helps prevent pollution.
Even though he was told by fellow engineers the concept of a waterproof cardboard bicycle that costs next to nothing was impossible, Gafni persisted with his idea.
While he describes his first design as a delivery box on wheels, after much experimentation he has produced a lightweight bike that can carry up to 140 kilograms and is coated with a layer of white material, giving the appearance of hard light plastic.
The low cost of the bike is considered appealing for the likes of the city of Tel Aviv, where bike theft is common.
Check out the video of Izhar Gafni developing and designing his cardboard bike at elementmagazine.co.nz