Day 165: Bike path made from ink cartridges

17 06 2010

How cool is this? A bike path made of recycled ink cartridges! The West MacDonnell National Park in Australia includes a 10.5-mile (17 km) bike path made from trashed ink cartridges, mixed up with recycled plastics. The path was built for only $130,000. It’s sure better than having the cartidges fill up a landfill. I’d like to know how many cartridges were used, but I couldn’t seem to find that information.

Many cities and companies all over the globe are producing products made from recycled items. Here are just a few (of many) that I found on the web today:

How to make panniers out of recycled materials for $10
Area rug made from recycled bicycle tires
Bike chain bottle opener
Bike tube dog collar

For some reason, this reminded me of a photographer named Chris Jordan who has an amazing catalog of work called “Running the Numbers.” Check out his images and be sure to click on the large image. Sit back and watch while you zoom in closer to see the large image is actually made up of millions of other items such as light bulbs, soda cans, etc. As an example, the piece titled “Cans Seurat” is a 60×92 piece and depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds. It’s really an amazing thing.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
– Chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothie = 385 cal.

Lunch:
– Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich = 430
– Iced tea = 10

Dinner:
– Salad with ranch dressing = 168
– 1 soft pretzel = 483
– Iced tea = 0

Snack:
– Skinny Cow ice cream cup = 120

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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