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November 5, 2012 2:55 pm

Israeli Cardboard Bike Inventors to Make Wheelchair

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Israeli inventors who have already created a bicycle made nearly entirely out of cardboard that could allow developing nations to get bicycles for free is now planning to make a cardboard wheelchair.

The bicycle is made out of cardboard but is treated with a secret organic concoction that makes it water and fire proof, and is then coated with lacquer paint. The similar cardboard wheelchairs will be maintenance-free, withstand water and humidity, and weigh 20 pounds, but will have the capacity to carry riders weighing up to 400 pounds.

Inventors Nimrod Elmish and Izhar Gafni, and I.G. Cardboard Technologies, have been approached by an anonymous international non-profit organization for the purpose of producing cardboard wheelchairs in Africa. It will cost “a one-time fee of $6 million to build a factory for the production of cardboard wheelchairs in Africa and then almost nothing to produce them,” Elmish said, according to Israel21c, adding that the organization can then “produce as many wheelchairs as (it) wants once the factory is running. All we need is access to old car tires, plastic bottle recycling and cardboard recycling.”

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