From kids riding bicycles, to the commuter, enthusiast, or serious cyclist, bicycles are a beloved and practical form of transportation. Around 17.4 million bicycles are sold in the US each year.
Like car tires, bicycle tires wear out and have to be replaced. Some used bicycle tires are converted into other products such as rubber-modified asphalt. However, many bicycle tires end up in landfills. In Germany alone, 10 million bicycle tires and inner tubes are disposed in landfills every year in that country.
Artists in the UK are taking used racing bicycle tires and turning them into jewelry and belts. Whether you loved your bicycle as a child, or are an avid bicycler now, or have friends and family that love their bikes, these handmade cycle belts and jewelry are a way to honor the passion and reduce rubber in landfills.