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Crochet A Rug From Bicycle Inner Tubes

Crochet A Rug From Bicycle Inner Tubes

Can you turn useless inner tubes into something useful? Reusing bicycle inner tubes to make something new keeps the tubes out of the local landfill, saves natural resources, energy, helps prevent pollution and creates a usable object.

Recycle Bike Inner Tubes

According to Recycle To Cycle:

In the last five years an estimated 18 million bicycles per year were sold in the United States and as we all know each bike comes with two tires and two inner tubes meaning over 36 million tires and inner tubes per year are being shipped into the United States.”

Depending upon the amount of use, the life of a bike tire and inner tube is about 1-2 years. Once they outlive their usefulness, bike inner tubes pose a disposal problem. To avoid potential liability risks, bike shops generally replace inner tubes, rather than patch them.

Crocheted Bike Inner Tube Rug

Michaela from We Upcycle shares how:

“I crocheted this door mat out of old, broken bicycle tubes. After several attempts I found out that it’s the easiest way to use a tent peg. I cut out the valves and then slit the tubes lengthwise. Washing the tubes has to be done thoroughly because the valves are covered in a thick layer of powdered talc from the inside. Then you have to cut the tubes in stripes and either tack (like I did it) or sew them together. The result is a long “thread” which you just crochet and then you’re done.”

Along with encouraging bicycle riding as a sport and for transportation, why not celebrate eco-design goodness and combine handcrafted creativity with green intentions to create a functional object, like this rug?

Here are 5 more DIY Rug ideas.

Photos: We Upcycle

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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10:56PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

cool idea

10:52PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

That's so cool. I wish I can be that creative. Thanks for sharing.

1:22PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

What a great idea!!! But it would probably take me a year to finish it..thanks for sharing!!

2:46AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Never could have imagined, thank you!!

9:14PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

That looks like a great idea, and less slippery than knitting with plastic bag plarn.

4:53PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012


5:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

that's an awesome idea. i've made rugs out of old t-shirts and bedsheets before, but never thought of making a welcome mat out of innertubes =) thanks for the inspiration!

5:44AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

So cool but I don't know how to crochet.

4:35AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

What is she talking about - "he easiest way to use a tent peg"?
That looks to be a crochet hook in her hand.

8:57AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

WOW - how great! such an idea that I cannot wait to try!


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