Aahh… the smell of fresh roses and old rubber…
While that doesn’t sound like the best combination, it certainly makes for a pretty one. Re:Treads are flowerpots and containers crafted entirely from recycled tires. It sounds like a bizarre mix, but it’s actually quite beautiful.
It’s also very cool, considering the U.S. dumps about 300 million tires each year.
Handcrafted in Pakistan, these pots look awesome and are awesome eco-friendly. So even if you don’t have the best green thumb, you’ve got bragging rights!
“Retail consumers are clamoring for ‘green’ products right now, and we recognized that using the scrap tires as a construction material represented a unique opportunity to both capitalize on this trend and to lighten the load on our landfills,” said Alec Junge, president of River Market Pottery.
Right before these tires go to tire heaven, the company strips the tread, which gets recycled into mulch. The steel belts are also recycled. Then, the rest of the rubber is sewn up, and reinforced with some added galvanized rivets or bolts.
While many tires look the same, there are 68 different Re:Treads designs in seven shapes and sizes. Expect to pay about $10 for an 8-inch flowerpot. If you’re looking for something bigger, a 25-inch basin will cost $99.99.
by Rachel Cericola