Thursday, February 2, 2017

Zen and the art of tyre pounding

Tyre pounding is hard HARD WORK!

After I pounded my third tyre in Guatemala I started thinking... couldn't we just use bricks?
Feeling a little disenchanted with the whole "let's recycle 600 car tyres" idea I suddenly found myself standing next to Mr Mike Reynolds and he was... you guessed it! pounding a tyre. Racking my brains to come up with something nonchalant to say to the Man, I  heard myself proclaim "I can't believe your'e still doing this shit". to which he replied "I don't wanna do anything else, this is all I wanna do".

Well! what could I say to that!? So I picked up a sledgehammer and continued pounding with my Faith restored.

If you pound enough tyres it becomes a meditative experience...
Car tyres, indigenous to our planet, misunderstood and very VERY underrated!

Thank's to Mike Reynolds a solution to the billions of discarded tyres worldwide is slowly becoming realized and the people who are willing to spend some energy and time using this resource, (yes, I said resource) are the same people who will thrive in a society where new building materials are no longer an option because the world simply ran out of the raw materials for producing them.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I will re-use car tyres in any application they can be employed in before using concrete or any other established high carbon building material.

The first course of pounded tryes used as a base for a rain water tank
The vast amount of tires scrapped, burnt or buried increasing with every year as the planet's population explodes is mind boggling and the "problem" isn't going away fast enough.

I recently used tyres as a base for a rain water tank but the only limit to the re-use of car tyres is the imagination.

The second course with cardboard inserted ready for filling and pounding.

Now the tank is high enough to be able to get a bucket under the tap but low enough to catch the water from the roof.

This project only used 16 car tyres but every little bit helps and not only did I rescue these tyres from land fill but I also avoided using timber or cement and all of the embodied energy and carbon footprints associated with their manufacture and transport!

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