08 Mar '12, 10am

DIY Affordable Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs in Rwanda

DIY Affordable Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs in Rwanda

The goal is to reduce as much as possible the cost of the wheelchairs. By buying only the wheelchair wheels and recycling locally available material to finish the products, the cost is drastically reduced. To make sure the user knows how to repair the product he or she is invited to take part in the making of his or her wheelchair in a local workshop. The hospital staff is also being trained in making wheelchairs to carry on the work once the designers return to their country. The chairs might not be as comfortable to use as standard wheelchairs but they are definitely a hell of a lot better than none!

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/diy-...

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