Ag-product-pine-02Bicycle tubes are notoriously difficult to recycle. A select number of shops offer recycling programs but with more than 13 million bikes purchased last year, the number of tubes that will eventually end up as landfill is staggering.

Alchemy Goods is stepping to the plate by offering high quality products made of upcycled bicycle tubes. This year they’re working to collect 200,000 used tubes for their expanding product lines – more than double what they collected in 2012.

In order to reach that goal, they’re now partnering with Trek and REI to expand their collection locations. Next time you head to your local REI or Trek dealer/retailer, bring your patched or popped tubes (and a 6 pack for the mechanics in back).

For more info, visit Environmental Leader


  1. For whatever it’s worth, I have an Alchemy Goods wallet made from recycled inner tubes, and it has one small sewing defect, but has otherwise proven a solid investment over the past four years.

  2. I feel weird bringing alcohol to bike mechanics, in hopes that it will get the work completed sooner. Some folks are unfortunately alcoholic, and giving them beer could cause problems. I would rather furnish PED’s or some fish or game meat, but then there’s “clean” people and vegetarians. Can’t they just put up a glory hole between the sales floor and the service department instead? As long as I can try out some new gloves they have for sale, it won’t bother me.

What do you think?