Izhar Gafni invents a cardboard bicycle that may revolutionize transportation
His two-wheeled creation, a $20 bike made out of cardboard, could revolutionize bicycling, especially in the developing world.
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The bicycle's design is representative of a "new trend by designers to push the limits of common, everyday materials," she adds. "What Izhar Gafni is doing with cardboard opens designers' and inventors' minds to undervalued materials, and new and more sustainable ways of creating useful objects."Skip to next paragraph
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"It's amazing that Gafni has taken something that everyone knows and everyone wants [a bicycle] and reinvented it so that everyone can actually have it," says Sharona Justman, cofounder and co-chair of The Israel Conference, a US-based initiative that showcases the brightest and best inventions from Israel. She plans to feature the bicycle at the group's annual conference early next year.
Ms. Justman, visiting Gafni's workshop, adds that the bicycle is not only an ecologically sound product – as most bikes are – but that it is also a very democratic product. "Because of its affordable price, everyone will be allowed the chance to purchase one," she says.
"It's also a beautiful design," she adds, stroking the red varnished seat.
Clearly proud of what Justman calls "the bicycle that everyone will want," Gafni says that he is now laying the groundwork for several other models, including a children's push bike, a version designed especially for women, and one designed for older children.
"As soon as things get quieter," he adds, he wants to start using his magic cardboard formula to design a lightweight and affordable wheelchair for the developing world.
• To learn more about Gafni's cardboard bicycle project, go to www.cardboardtech.com.
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