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A neat skateboard trick: Recycling old plastic bags to make boards

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LONDON: Skateboarders are known for high-flying tricks, from jumping off of ramps to shooting down railings, but now one British designer is touting an environmental trick of his own, by using old plastic bags to make boards.


Around 1,500 plastic bags, or 1.8 kg worth, are used to make a skateboard deck by 22-year-old Jason Knight, a Brunel University design student.


The boards are made by putting the plastic in a machine which heats it to around 200 degrees Celsius (roughly 400 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to two hours, then uses pressure to mould it into a solid object.


The plastic decks are fitted with conventional axles and wheels.


Decks are normally made out of plywood, and typically cost anywhere between £40-60 ($50-75).


Knight hopes his idea could be implemented to encourage young people to collect enough waste plastic in exchange for use of a press similar to the one he built. — Reuters


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