Who said tyres were dull and boring?
Yesterday we brought you news of an artist who uses tyres as his paintbrushes, now we’ve just heard about a Scottish designer who is recycling them into smart fruit bowls!
According to John Amabile: “Things go out of fashion quickly in the design world but I have always been a big fan of recycling, reusing and reinventing – whether it’s decorating paint tins to look like canal barge plant pots, re-covering chairs and bed headboards or transforming old tyres into attractive fruit bowls.”
John was taking part in the first ‘Pass It On’ Day to promote reuse in Scotland at the weekend aimed at encouraging the recycling of unwanted items and materials.
The new national day saw 23 events take place across the country ranging from swap events to yard sales to a project to makeover an empty property in Edinburgh using only reused and recycled paint, furniture and carpets.
The day is the brainchild of the Community Recycling Network Scotland (CRNS) and research body Zero Waste Scotland and was launched by interior designer John Amabile, who also has featured on ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover.
Mr Amabile oversaw the Edinburgh housing project, known as the Grand Reuse House Makeover, which included work from the CRNS, RePaint Scotland and the Edinburgh Furniture Reuse Initiative (EFRI), among others.
Speaking about recycling, he said: “Just because we don’t want it doesn’t mean it can’t be loved as is by another or transformed into something useful and wonderful and reused.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team