Mother Earth Living

Recycle Your Bicycle

Resource Revival breathes new life into old bike parts.
By Dani Hurst
April 2009 Web
Add to My MSN

Resource Revival transforms old bike parts into imaginative and usable products, like these desk clocks made from chain rings.
Photo Courtesy Resource Revival


Content Tools

Related Content

How Do You Know Your Cleaning Products Are Green?

'Green' cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third...

Pressure Cooking Resources

These pressure cooking resources will help you make the most of your pressure cooker. Check out the ...

Green Your Life: An Eco-Friendlier Commute

Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores ways to make your commute a little greener.

America’s Best Bike Trails

Bike your way along these fantastic bicycle trails in America.

Riding your bike is green enough, but recycling its parts instead of throwing them away is even better. Resource Revival, based in rural Oregon, makes recycling bike parts easy by creating innovative products out of discarded bicycle parts.

Since 1994, Resource Revival has been breathing new life into used inner tubes, bike chains, chain rings and other bicycle parts by transforming them into photo frames, clocks, bottle openers, bowls and other accessories. Resource Revival receives parts from bike shops all over the country (thousands of pounds per year), and then its team of artists and designers revamp them into usable and creative products. This entire process is green, not only because the company reuses what’s already there (thus eliminating the need to make new materials), but Resource Revival is also keeping tons of bike parts out of landfills.

Recycling isn’t the only green going on at the Resource Revival headquarters. According to its website, even the building RR employees work in is eco-friendly. It was an existing building on a farmstead that has since been upgraded with energy-efficient lighting, reclaimed lumber and sheet metal.

Founder Graham Bergh has a dream, and Resource Revival is his way of realizing it: “Our mission is to create innovative products from recycled materials, to provide meaningful, living wage jobs, and to have fun,” Bergh says on the website. “We envision a sustainable future where commerce flourishes in a world powered by renewable energy, and where consumers are conscious of the origin of the food they eat, the energy they consume, and the products they buy.”

If you’re interested in helping Resource Revival but don’t need any more stuff, you can either donate your old bicycle parts or make a monetary contribution. Check the website to find a “rebicycler” in your area.  Donations are accepted via Paypal on the website.

More about bicycles

• Pedal for the planet with these five easy steps to get you ready for cycling.

• Discover America's best bike trails with Natural Home's top ten bike trails.

• Denver launches a summer bicycle-sharing program. Learn more!








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.