Mexican engineer creates the first bicycle made with recycled paper

Through the use of recycled paper, discarded plastic bottles and reused metals, the Mexican engineer Alberto González created a completely recycled bicycle model that has an operation and performance equal to that of a conventional one.

Mexican engineer creates the first bicycle made with recycled paper. Image: Tecnológico de Monterrey
Mexican engineer creates the first bicycle made with recycled paper. Image: Tecnológico de Monterrey

This invention, which aims to rethink what represents the production of bicycles, supports about 170 kilograms and has an average life of 12 thousand kilometers, which are equated to models produced industrially with conventional materials.

González, Mechanical Engineer Administrator graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua, has developed bicycles of this type to be introduced to the market to compete with other producers.

In this case, the GC1 model, as he named his product, tries to reduce the carbon footprint and the environmental impact of producing a normal bicycle, made with materials such as steel, aluminum, rubber and other products that generate a large amount of waste. and waste.

The engineer explained:

"I developed a completely recycled kraft paper panel and added plastic parts, reusable metal from the automotive industry, recycled rubber and a recycled-based paint that makes it resistant to moisture. (...) I started with an innovative concept, but I wanted to make it different. I saw a bicycle that they developed in Israel, they made it out of cardboard and I really liked the concept, but I found many critical points in the design".

Although it is still in the testing phase, the Mexican is trying to improve its product to make this a profitable and efficient alternative for those who want to opt for mobility through bicycles and other means that do not use fossil fuels.

At the moment, GC1 is in pre-sale phase and has an approximate cost of 4 thousand 300 pesos. In the future, it is possible that the ideas of the use of waste to generate alternative transport is popularized ... all thanks to a Mexican.

Source: Tecnológico de Monterrey

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