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Packtasche bike carrier is made from cardboard

Packtasche bike carrier is mad...
The Packtasch, by Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner
The Packtasch, by Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner
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The Packtasch, by Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner
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The Packtasch, by Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner
The Packtasche is stored in flatpack form, and assembles quickly, with a printed graphic on the cardboard explaining which parts to fold
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The Packtasche is stored in flatpack form, and assembles quickly, with a printed graphic on the cardboard explaining which parts to fold
It's made from 5 mm (0.19 in) thick cardboard and can be easily carried around the store
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It's made from 5 mm (0.19 in) thick cardboard and can be easily carried around the store
Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner initially created the Packtasche for the "Cycling in the City" competition
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Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner initially created the Packtasche for the "Cycling in the City" competition
Whether or not the Packtasche would be able to withstand a downpour or a leaky milk carton while full of heavy groceries isn't clear
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Whether or not the Packtasche would be able to withstand a downpour or a leaky milk carton while full of heavy groceries isn't clear

Two architecture and design students from Vienna's University of Technology have designed a cargo carrier for cyclists that would nicely match the cardboard bicycle and helmet. The cardboard Packtasche offers cyclists a cheap and convenient way to carry their groceries.

Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner initially created the Packtasche for the "Cycling in the City" competition and the idea grew from there. The carrier is currently being marketed both for individuals and for grocery stores to hand out instead of plastic bags.

The Packtasche – which translates as Pack Bag – is stored in flatpack form, and assembles quickly, with a printed graphic on the cardboard explaining which parts to fold. It attaches to a bike's existing luggage system and is made from easily-recycled 5 mm (0.19 in) thick cardboard. When assembled, it measures 54.5 x 42.5 x 2.5 cm (21 x 16.7 x 1 in).

Moherndl and Lechner state that the Packtasche can handle a total load of up to 10 kg (22 lb) and be used multiple times, and can also be carried around the store using the hand holes at the top. Whether or not it would be able to withstand heavy rain or even an unnoticed leaky milk carton without disintegrating and spilling your groceries on the road isn't clear.

Source: Packtasche

4 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is cool and green. I think it is useful even when one isn't putting it on a bike. Perhaps they can offset the price but putting ads on it? Perhaps companies would love to advertise in ways that make them look 'green'?
Slowburn
Durable plastic would be greener.
Grant-53
Make mine from 4mm Coroplast.
William Volk
Yes, Coroplast. Mine: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y247/bikingbill/2014-08-29112452_zps33bae247.jpg