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From Old, Flat Tire to New Decor

Flat Tire Decor basket, new uses for old tiresThis is a guest post from Confessions Of A Mom: I simply love new ideas, especially when the ideas transform a seemingly useless item into something new. It’s important for our environment to recycle and reuse items, and I believe it’s good for our economy when an entrepreneur can make trash into treasure.

From the high quality used tires I bought from the TireZoo, to the alternative heat we added to our home last year so we could burn field corn from a local farmer, I always try to keep my eyes and ears open for ways we can be more environmentally conscious. I know there are moms out there who do a better job than I do, but I’m learning. Each greener step I take is in the right direction.

About a year ago, I came across an article about a company doing some unique things with old tires. I started following Flat Tire Decor on Facebook and Twitter, and have been impressed with their great ideas. I love that this small business is from the Midwest; Wisconsin actually, only a stone’s throw away! I appreciate that they provide jobs to people needing work and disabled individuals, while simutaneously keeping old tires out of Flat Tire Decor basket, new uses for old tiresour landfills! The products they are engineering are high quality and very versitle. After connecting with Flat Tire Decor online, they decided to send me a couple of their baskets.

I used one to take out to our local CSA that we own shares in. As you can tell, some of the fall produce is ready. After this fall, I plan to use the large basket for hats and mittens in our coat closet, but I don’t want to think about that just yet.

I shared a smaller basket with a creative friend, who promised to let me know what she decided to use it for. I’ll try to follow up with more pictures. You can check out Flat Tire online and connect with them on Twitter too! While you’re there, make sure you connect with the TireZoo too!

What ideas do you have for taking a greener step? How do you reduce, reuse, or recycle in a new way you didn’t only a year ago?