LEXMARK INK CARTRIDGES BECOME E-LUMBER

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LEXMARK INK CARTRIDGES BECOME E-LUMBER

 user 2008-08-01 at 2:30:07 pm Views: 73
  • #20322
    http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1928/66/
    Landscaping with Lexmark Ink Cartridges as eLumber
    More
    than just a novelty building idea for oddballs living in quirky seaside
    towns, recycled ink cartridges are making their mark on the building
    industry. A durable wood substitute can be made from the recycled
    cartridges, and Lexmark has already nabbed the green publicity
    potential involved with the concept, sending eLumber on its merry way
    to a Lexington, KY neighborhood via Habitat for Humanity where it will
    fulfill its new destiny as a retaining wall.eLumber can be used for
    landscaping and non-structural elements in building. The product is
    black, but can be painted and formed to look like wood and rock, and is
    touted as highly durable, and water- and insect-resistant…since it is
    plastic and all. Tom Little from Lexmark, says, “This year we’re doing
    something that’s never been done before. It takes completely recycled
    cartridges and turns it into eLumber. There’s no waste, so it’s about
    as green as you can get.” Sure, until we get curious about how much
    energy is put into the recycling process. But we’ll let them have their
    day in the sunshine.The product will go commercial later in 2008, but
    will cost up to 20% more than wood. I guess they’re leaning on the
    trend toward green building to get buyers for the product.