Used tires are everywhere. While retired and worn out for road use, these tires are still quite tough objects, being made of extremely superior rubber compounds. Here are some ways to make use of worn tires.
Stack tires one on top of the other and fill them with soil to make raised planters.
Rugs & Floor Mats
Automobile tires and bicycle inner tubes can be transformed into durable, non-slip surfaces for indoor and outdoor use.
Jewelry & Belts
Bracelets earrings and belts get a bad boy look from recycled tires. Turned into belts, bicycle tires are ideal for those that want to declare their love for cycling.
Half-buried tires in the ground are useful to make clever and convenient recycled bike stands.
A Swedish company called Apokalyps Labotek takes tires that are disposed of each year, grinds them into a powder, and creates them into formed flooring.
Bags & Wallets
Sellers Trigo, BlowUp Online Vintage and RubberPieces demonstrate how versatile tires can be thru their bags and wallets.
Creature-shaped tire swings are functional and also as good as garden art.
You can create an entire playground and with just some imagination, the possibilities are practically endless.
The shoe company Simple Shoes uses reclaimed tires in a lot of their eco-friendly designs.
Furniture created from tires and bicycle wheels range from stylish and modern to the weird and whimsical. Examples are the Tired Lounge chair by Leo Kempf and Bike Furniture Design chairs.
Cut strips of tires and arrange them into patterns on a roof.
Tires are a vital part of Earthships, which are sustainable, self-sufficient homes, composed of recycled materials. Packed with dirt, tires form sturdy walls of these free-form houses.
Korean artist Yong Ho Ji uses old tires with a sculptural series that attaches strips of used tires together with synthetic resins. His brilliant works depict humans and animals with an environmental message.
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