An artistic approach of transforming discarded rubber tyres into beautiful garden furniture, designed by Prashant Lingam, uses local and simple materials to evolve waste tyres into creative furniture designs for indoor and outdoor spaces
Prashant Lingam creates garden furniture that looks pleasing, sturdy and is built entirely from waste tyres. There was an impetus desire to better the environment by utilising waste tyres. A market report indicated that waste Tyre Derived Fuel (TDF) can be created using 130 million tyres, civil engineering projects may use 56 million tyres, ground rubber turned into moulded rubber products can be produced using 18 million tyres, ground rubber can be turned into rubber-modified asphalt using 12 million tires, and agricultural and miscellaneous uses can be developed to take care of almost 3 million tyres.
While that was a gigantic statistic, he decided to add a positive twist to the utilization of the discarded tyres by making furniture at a local level. His creative inspiration came from a stray incident a few years back, when he came across some tyres which were being burnt on the roadside in a dump. The man who owned them had no other solution but to discard the scrap tyres. The idea of utilizing scrap tyres for making furniture and other value added products originated from that solitary incident.
He initiated and set about putting his ideas in a concrete manner. As a social enterprise working on green livelihoods, he decided to collect waste tyres in an efficient, environmentally sound and socially responsible manner and address the issue of tyres entering waste stream and landfills. Scouting for right kind of tyres is very tough as only discarded scrap tyres are used in the furniture making process. The bigger challenge was to cut the tyres which are quite hard.
|About the Designer|
|Prashant Lingam is a social entrepreneur whose first social venture, Bamboo House India, works on sustainable bamboo
livelihoods and utilizes bamboo as an eco-friendly building material as a substitute to wood, steel, iron and plastic. Co founded with his wife, the bamboo initiative in 2008, a management graduate from Osmania University at Hyderabad, has initiated a second start up social venture “Recycled India” in June 2015. Designing and creating the individual pieces themselves, the husband and wife teams uses their creative instincts to build furniture with discarded tyres.
Through this venture they plan to create design interventions through utilisation of urban waste and, at the same, create urban livelihoods. Currently, they are working with discarded tyres, discarded drums and discarded cycles to create furniture, in the days to come they also plan to to build houses with PET bottles and prefab houses with tetra pack boards.