|RePurposing/Upcycling Tires Can be Fun|
Want to do your bit for sustainabilty and have some fun creating useful crafty ideas - Re-purposing tires can get your creative juices happening.
Tires are one of the most difficult items to recycle today. But a solution is needed. Millions of tires are dumped yearly at landfill sites or illegal deposits.
Finding a new use for recycled tires helps the environment and it’s an easy way to make a tree swing or sandbox or tunnels for your backyard for hours of fun. Another idea for recycled material in which EcoBiters may be interested is quite simple, costs nothing, anyone can make it and most people have occasional use for it. We are referring to rubber bands (loops) cut out of old car or truck tire tubes and looped together to the length required.
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports, 300 million scrap tires are generated annually in the US. This is approximately one tire per person per year that is discarded...amazing statistics
Tires are now considered one of the largest and most problematic sources of waste, mostly due to the massive volume produced and their amazing durability when it comes to breaking down in landfills. It is these same characteristics which make waste tires such a problem, also make them one of the most re-used waste materials as the rubber is very resilient and versatile and can be reused in other products.
With the environmental hazards of stockpiling tires such as fire and carbon emissions along with landfills minimizing their acceptance of tires, many new and innovative uses have been created. With the support of Government innitatives, growing markets now exist for a majority of scrap tires produced every year.
The resulting products can also be used for mulch or used to create a wide array of molded products like mats and wheel stops from a variety of sizes and grades of the material created.
Ground rubber is recognized as the safest play surface on the market. At a depth of 6 inches (150mm), ground rubber provides the most shock absorption in playgrounds available on the market today - twice as safe as other materials such as tan-bark, sand, pebbles, etc.
Rubber has the unique ability to reduce injuries due to falls from a critical height of over 12 feet (3 metres). Eggs can be dropped from this distance and bounce without breaking.
While the upfront cost of recycled rubber may be a little more than other surfaces, ground rubber only needs to be installed once. No annual upgrading or replacement is required so the cost over time is much less than the alternatives. Another positive factor is that ground rubber only requires a maximum of 6 inches (150mm) in depth, versus 12 inches (300mm) for the wood mulch. As a result, less material and preparation is required.
Recycyling in Africa has been happening for over a hundred years. Impoverished countries have to be innovative, not only are they cash poor, but resource lacking.
We may learn a lot about recycling from Africans in the future and we hope the excecs at Nike may shudder with horror how these thongs made from discarded tires will last a lifetime of active service, compared with the overpriced sweat shop produced shoes on the market today.
DIY Rubber Bands (Loops/Straps)
One idea for recycled material in which Eco Biters may be interested is quite simple, costs nothing, anyone can make it and most people have occasional use for it.
We are referring to rubber bands (loops) cut out of old car or truck tire tubes and looped together to the length required.
They may be used as ties on car roof-racks and roof bars and on trailers in place of octupus straps. Rubber bands have an advantage over rope in that they will maintain constant flexible pressure instead of loosening (as ropes do).
Commercial octupus straps are rather weak and could cause acidents with their metal hooks flying around if accidently released or broken.
The strength of rubber tie straps is determined by their width and whether you take them from car or truck tubes. Each loop representing a link can become a terminal with any unused length lightly tensioned back to any protruding bar or frame.
There are many uses for rubber straps, including - tying unweildly loads, such as camping gear, or even down to a single fishing rod.
Any tire workshop has tons of tire tubes to give away.
Re-use tires in your garden, for garden edging, plant containers, even make several tires into a compost bin.
DIY Tire Swing
Recycle an old tire and make a simple vertical or horizontal apparatus for hours of outdoor fun.
Here are two types of simple tire swings, vertical or horizontal. The vertical is more suitable for a solitary swinger, while the horizontal allows more than one child to swing.
Choose Tree for Swing
Prepare the Tire
For a vertical tire swing, you will need enough rope to reach the distance from the tree to the swing, pluLight truck tires work well, but bigger, heavy truck tires used on semis can cause harm. Avoid steel-belted radials, which can pose cutting hazards.
Pad the ground beneath the swing with wood chips, bark or recycled-tire rubber tiles.
Easy Vertical Tire Swing
Simple Horizontal Tire Swing
Drill about three drain holes in the bottom of the tire. Then, drill three holes, equidistant, and from top to bottom of the tire. Thread the ropes through the drilled holes and through a washer and then tie a secure knot.
A simple DIY Tire Swing
Cut the rope to the desired length. Measure from the branch to the height you want the swing to be, and add a little extra for knots.
Enter the rope into the hose, making sure the hose will rest on top of the branch to protect the branch and your rope.
Drill a big hole at the bottom of the tire so the rain can drip away ...
Throw the rope over the branch placing the rubber hose on top of the branch and tie it up. Leave some space open.
Get someone to hold the tire at the desired height (or something) and tie the other end of the rope to your tire.
Check the capacity of your swing. A thicker branch, closer to the trunk, can support the most weight.
Add a sandbox to the kids play area
What do you need:
Make a tunnel in your children's play area, from several large tires, paint if desired.
Use several different size tires as part of an obstacle course.
For elaborate and amusing handcrafted tire swings in a variety of shapes including airplanes and kangaroos, Abundant Earth
Despite the many misconceptions associated with old tires, they remain to be one of the few recycled products that actually work better than what was conventionally used. Learn more about all the exciting markets for this material including colored rubber landscape mulch, equestrian arena rubber footing, playground safety surfaces, rubber lumber products (benches, picnic tables, trash cans guards, borders), mulch tree rings, athletic field soil amendments and topdressing and recycled tire promotional products (Jar Openers, Portfolios, 3-Ring Binder Covers, Key rings).
Recycled Tire Mats sold in stores through the 50s and 60s as "Easy to Roll 'n' Clean" welcome mats! Although retailers switched to more stylish, less durable doormats, the Recycled Tire Entry Mat still outcleans and outlasts any other entryway product, period! Geetire
Wallets, bags, and planners are made from reclaimed inner tubes, a high-quality industrial rubber.
Urban BoomerangAustralian company offering bags made from reused rubber tubes.
Recycled Tire MatsUSA company making safety non-slip rubber mats from machine shredded lengths of car tyres.
It used to be a tire, now it is a funky artful container for your potted flowers. This can bring beauty to your backyard while, giving beauty to the planet by keeping one lousy tire out of the landfill just a little bit longer. Looks great!
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