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Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

Posted By Ana Lisa On March 9, 2012 @ 4:26 pm In Design for Health,Green Products,Recycled Materials,social design | 1 Comment

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In order to make wheelchairs more accessible to people in developing countries, two designers are revamping common plastic chairs with a little bit of creative common sense. By affixing the widely available plastic seats to standard wheelchair wheels, Spanish designers Josep Mora [1]and Clara Romaní are able to drastically cut the cost of the products through some simple DIY. Thanks to a workshop settled within a local hospital, this designer duo is giving injured people in Rwanda [2] the freedom to move around by themselves.


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Mora and Romaní created a workshop inside Gatagara [3] Hospital that engages patients and staff in the building and fixing of recycled wheelchairs [4]. The design that uses simple metallic corners and screws to fix the seats to the wheels makes cheaper products while using readily available objects. A great sustainable idea that can be followed anywhere in the world, but that particularly works well in places that lack money and resources.

ViaTreehugger [5]


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[1] Josep Mora : http://www.josepmora.info/

[2] Rwanda: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda

[3] Gatagara: http://www.tripmondo.com/rwanda/western-province/gatagara/attractions-in-gatagara/

[4] wheelchairs: http://inhabitat.com/hand-powered-bar-claudia-wisb-bike-converts-from-wheelchair-to-sport-bike/

[5] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/diy-affordable-wheelchairs-made-reused-plastic-chairs-rwanda.html

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