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Can wooden bikes prevent global warming?

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 12 2016   /  08:59 am

Ready to ride: Didi Diarsa Aldiana, 40, stands near a bike that he made out of rubber wood. It is named a Kayuh wooden bike and sells for Rp 5 million (US$380). (Courtesy of Didi Diarsa Aldiana)Didi Diarsa Aldiana, who lives in Depok, West Java, said the reason he made a bicycle from old, unproductive rubber trees was that he believed in climate change.

For too long, he said, farmers had been burning unproductive trees, a practice that could contribute to a greenhouse effect in the atmosphere. He wondered if he could use the old rubber trees for other purposes.

“Unproductive rubber trees, which do not produce latex anymore, can actually be used as the basic material for bicycles. However, many rubber farmers do not know this and choose to burn such trees instead,” Didi told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Wednesday.

“Burning trees means increasing the amount o...