Don't Tread on Me? Four Uses for Old Tires

By Admin | Posted in Fun Stuff, Tips and Info on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Uses for Old Tires

For those of us who spend the majority of our lives as actie drivers, we will ineitably go through some tires. After all, if we get our driver’s license at the tender age of 16 and drive until we’re old and grey, we might put in seventy years of behind-the-wheel time during our lives. So what to do with all the old tires? As The Simpsons proed, you can’t just light it on fire and hope for the best. So here are four great uses for old tires, each of which is enironmentally friendly as well.

Make a Tire Swing. This is probably the most obvious, with good reason. Using just a standard truck tire and some sturdy rope–with an equally sturdy knot, of course–you can easily make a fun tire swing. Or, if you choose to use a chain and lay the tire horizontally, this will work as well. In any case, find a sturdy tree and swing away. 7179425721_7839bcc29f_zMake a Tire Flower Pot. These have become a popular addition to many yards and gardens in recent years, and with good reason. Although they can be initially challenging to craft–cutting through a tire is difficult, to be sure–they are easy to move and are a great home for warm-weather plants. However, don’t grow edible plants, as the tires may contaminate the plants as they slowly decompose. Tire Sandals. These seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. Companies in third-world countries as well as the Michigan-based Detroit Treads have doe in to the enormous stores of used tires available, making sandals perfect for traersing cityscapes or the occasional trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. They can also be made by hand, most effectiely by using a pliable tire such as one from a motorcycle. Make a Compost Bin. This is the easiest of any tire-related project; literally all that needs to be done to is stack ‘em up. Using uniform tires is recommended, and the heat generated inside the tires will easily compost old grass clippings and debris. Ideally, you’d like to use an eco-friendly tire for your compost, although this isn’t an absolute must. Is it time for some tire-related craftwork? Do you have tires laying around that have no logical purpose? Well, we at Robbins Nissan hope that this has proided some aluable insight in that regard.

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