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A bike path made of printer cartridge boxes

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par Antoine Maudinet | 06.18.10

Who would have thought? In Australia, a quite special 17-kilometre road stretches in the West MacDonnell National Park. From Simpsons Graps to Alice Springs, the 12,000 visitors riding their bikes through the park can now experience the nice surprise of riding on a path built from recycled printer cartridge boxes, as well as on a bridge made from recycled plastic. This may seem eccentric but it actually is a brainwave that has numerous assets since this path requires little maintenance, doesn’t cost much and can last just as long as a standard path for it is more resistant than wood. But above all it is environment-friendly because of the way it was designed: Replas, its developer, only uses components thrown away by households and manufacturers.

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