Re-tyred compounds make for good business

3rd August 2012

An Australian couple has found an innovative use for old tyres that is sure to 'sit' well with environmentalists across the world – creating furniture made from compounds.

New South Wales residents Bernie Kudernatsch and Monica Corser were living in Bali some 18 months ago when they noticed the growing number of rubber products made from tyres.

Fast-forward to today and the Retyred Furniture business has proven a hit, with orders coming from Sydney and Indonesia among others.

According to the Northern Star the tyre chairs have won praise for their durability and comfort, while Mr Kudernatsch believes that the product is a great way to deal with the problem of finding a use for old compounds.

"With one billion tyres in landfill every year, if we can manage to make something useful out of it, it can only be good," he said.

This refreshing use of old compounds echoes the efforts of a group of school children in Cardiff, who turned 20 car tyres into a series of vivid garden boxes.

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Posted by Danielle Barge