The Reuse the Tube Challenge was created to address an ever-growing problem. As the popularity of bicycles continue to increase around the world, the number of inner tubes that get tossed away is also increasing. Since bicycle tubes cannot be recycled like plastic, there are limited uses for damaged bicycle tubes. ecoimagine is one of several businesses around the world looking to tackle this problem.
Listed below is an overview of how ecoimagine plans to Reuse The Tube and what you can do to help.
The Magnitude of the Problem
It is estimated that there are over 1 billion bikes on the planet which means there are more than twice that many bicycle tubes at least. Recent estimates put discarded bicycle tubes (tubes sent to the landfill) at 150 million per year (and that is just for the UK)!
Because bicycle tubes do not biodegrade and there are limited products that can utilize the rubber, tubes are either repurposed or thrown away. Unfortunately, the latest stats are indicating that 99% of tubes are tossed into the landfill, not reused, so there is a lot of work to do.
What Is ecoimagine Doing With Damaged Bicycle Tubes?
Since 2019, ecoimagine's mission has been to extend the life of materials that can be recycled and repurposed into eco products you'll love. In April 2021, ecoimagine launched the Kaden & Kai Bicycle Tube Bracelet Collection to make use of damaged bicycle tubes.
ecoimagine's 2021 Reuse The Tube Challenge
In 2020, ecoimagine made it our challenge to create an eco product people would love out of damaged bicycle tubes.
In 2021, ecoimagine's challenge is to collect and repurpose 500 bicycle tubes by the end of the year. Given that we just launched the Kaden & Kai collection a few months ago, we see this as an aggressive, but doable goal.
How You Can Help
Buy Kaden & Kai Bicycle Tube Bracelets and get your state to the top of the leaderboard!
The more bracelets we sell, the more tubes we use. It's that simple! We created Kaden & Kai Bicycle Tubes to extend the life of bicycle tubes. Reusing the tube was our goal from the very beginning. We added the leaderboard to make it fun! A little healthy competition never hurt anyone! ;)
Orange states lead in number of Kaden & Kai bracelets purchased! Wahooo!
Map updated as of June, 18, 2021.