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
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.
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