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Recycled Tires Popular on Playgrounds

scrap tires on playgrounds, crumb tires, recyclingClimbing structures and swings made of old tires have long been a part of playgrounds. One of our most popular blog posts continues to be on building a tire swing. However, old tires are finding yet another purpose on playgrounds.

Old tires, also known as scrap tires, are being recycled and crumbed for a safer, more shock absorbent foundation under playground equipment. Crumbed tires join sand and wood chips as popular playground foundations.

The TireZoo recycles old tires, and you can read more here about the life cycle of tires.

We started a Pinterest Board devoted entirely to repurposing old tires and rims. Making play equipment is only one idea. Check it out for more!



Living Off the Grid with the Help from Tires

Efforts to reuse, recycle, and re-purpose items is constantly evolving as we figure out ways to do more than just turn old paper into new paper. Scientists, architects and environmentalists have been working toward making sustainable living more mainstream, as we reevaluate the demands of Americans and our consumer habits. While living off the grid isn’t on the minds of every American, it is increasing in popularity and probability.

The millions of old tires produced and discarded in the United States have found a role in the creation and building plans of what people commonly call Earthships. These buildings are self-sustaining and are made out of what many would term junk; glass bottles, plastic containers, and tires. Tires are used in the foundation of many of these Earthships, and detailed systems are incorporated to provide water from rain and electricity from solar panels. There are many videos on YouTube highlighting some of the Earthships being built, but here is one from the Tulsa, New Mexico area where an entire community of Earthships exists.

Have you seen an Earthship before? Would you or could you live out of a self-sustaining home like this?


Tires on Pinterest

Are tires a subject of interest? Yes!

And the fantastic ideas shared on Pinterest proves it. If you love art, creative uses for old items like tires, or simply need a rainy day project, Pinterest is full of amazing images to get your creative juices flowing. Check out some of the great uses people have thought of for old tires on Pinterest!

Old tire craft ideas on pinterest

Are you on Pinterest? Have you thought of a new idea for old tires? We’d love to hear from you!

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?

Making a Tire Swing


With the warmer weather here, we’re all migrating outside. If you are looking to add some simple, inexpensive play equipment for your kids, why not consider making a tire swing?


For generations kids have loved to swing and twirl on tire swings. The great thing about tire swings is that they can hang from a tree or existing play equipment, depending on your needs.  Just make sure the tire swing is mounted to something that is sturdy, durable, and can withstand the weight.


Since they can be made out of old used tires, they are inexpensive. This tire swing was made with long eye bolts, washers, and nuts (holes drilled first, of course) .Eye bolts go through the top and bottom of tire. Use large washers on the bottom of the tire then a nut to tightly hold the bolt in place. It is attached to a durable chain and connectors to the chain. You can get all these items at any hardware store. They will cut the chain to the length you need. That’s it.  This swing is over eleven years old and is in great shape.tire for making a tire swing

It requires no maintenance, however, make sure you empty it out after every rainfall so you don’t breed any mosquitoes!

Come See Us!

If you need an old used tire to make a tire swing, stop by the TireZoo. We’ll give you one for free; make sure you mention you saw this blog post!

Your Fun Tire Story?

Do you have a story of how you’ve used old tires for fun play equipment? Maybe you have a picture you’d like to send us? Please let us know. We’d love to post your story of creativity and thriftiness!

The Talent It Takes to Turn Old Tires into Something Breathtaking

Why discard old tires when they can become part of your stereo system or home furniture?


The article attached to this link, “Turning Trash to Treasure: 100-Mile Tire Art” by By Patrick Langston of  The Ottawa Citizen does a wonderful job of explaining the work of Bon Eco, a truly inspiring company that uses old tires and other items for a beautiful new purpose.

People are always looking for inspiring ideas and ways to use old tires and other discarded items for new purposes. The owners of Bon Eco are thinking outside the box, and definitely outside the confines of a round, old tire.

Thank you to the Tire Zoo blog reader who let us know of this wonderful idea. Do you have an idea you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.


Tire Art and Sculptures

I came across this new article featuring beautiful art using old used tires, and the pieces are simply amazing. I love the elephant sculpture.


Do you know of another website that features tire art or an article showing creative new uses for tires? Please leave us a comment and link. We’d love to hear from you and pass it along to our readers.