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?
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Photos: We Upcycle