Ultra durable bags and cases for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini made from discarded rubber tire inner tubes Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 21, 2013.
About this project
Discarded rubber tires and inner tubes are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste worldwide. Tires are made to be incredibly strong and long lasting, which is great for the operation of a vehicle but a nightmare when it comes to recycling. Mechanically breaking down a tire to be recycled is difficult, costly, and requires the burning of fossil fuels. Tires placed in landfills or stockpiles create a great health risk by polluting the nearby air and water. This is a huge problem when you consider that tires are one of the most frequently replaced parts of any vehicle.
Luckily every yin has a yang. The same strength and durability that makes these items difficult to recycle, makes them ideal for repurposing into something new.
We've built relationships with recycling centers and scrap dealers that can provide used rubber tire inner-tubes before they are melted or shredded. Despite the fact that this material is sold in very large and costly bulk orders, we were able to obtain a small sample to create our prototypes.
The process begins with the rubber tire inner-tube (after a thorough cleaning) being cut to our patterns and prepped for sewing. We've partnered with a small family run workshop that specializes in making small bags and cases to assist with production. They have helped in stitching our prototypes and are poised to handle large production runs.
Our very early prototypes were made with no inner lining which left the interior drab and not incredibly protective.
We added a colorful inside lining to all the items and a thin foam padding to the device cases. Lastly, we added a custom made tag with our name renewpurpose.
Risks and challenges
The rubber material we're working with has a rather large and costly mandatory minimum order size. With the small sample amount that we have received, we've been able to produce a handful of prototypes of each of the items seen here. We need your help to raise funds so we can bulk purchase the necessary material (diverting it from a melting tank or landfill), and produce the items in large numbers.
The primary challenge we face is acquiring the rubber tire inner tubes before they have been processed or shredded for scrap. With the relationships we've built so far we don't foresee this being a problem. With the incredibly large amount of tires that are discarded everyday, and the ever-increasing number of cars on the road, we don't anticipate any shortage of material being created.
The small workshop we've partnered with to assist in producing our prototypes is absolutely capable of producing larger amounts in a reasonable amount of time. Upon our project being funded, we will acquire all the necessary rubber and fabric materials and work closely with the workshop to have all the items produced quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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