Hyderabad-based entrepreneurs Aruna Kappagantula and Prashant Lingam exhibit a creative flair for endless innovation. They make furniture from discarded tyres and have designed a range of good-looking and comfortable furniture. Unwanted lorry and car tyres have been intelligently turned into seating options.
Some years ago, Prashant and Aruna came across scrap tyres being burnt. When they approached the owner, he said he had no other solution but to burn them as there were of no use to him. “We are all aware of the huge problem of tyres lying and often getting burnt. The more we can support such a responsible and creative initiative to deal with a problematic waste product – the better for our environment. That’s how the idea of utilising scrap tyres for making furniture and other value added products originated,” said Prashant, the founder of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise that promotes the use of bamboo, reports The New Indian Express.
Like many countries, India struggles with the practicalities of disposing millions of tyres. Bamboo House in partnership with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has started a pilot project for recycling the scrap. Aruna, Prashant and their team are working on an experimental project to refurbish the North Zone GHMC office and Clock Tower and Bowenpally parks, Hyderabad. Both indoor and outdoor furniture has been modeled. There are single seaters, benches and sofas on the list, reports Deccan Chronicle.
“Shaping up tyres into furniture components and designing the right product has been difficult as we have no one to guide us and neither do we have any expertise in working with tyres. Our bamboo furniture team is gradually getting to know how to work with tyres. All tyres are fully cleaned and processed before being moulded into their new life. We are targeting the outdoor furniture segment, as they are all weather proof, there is no rusting, it’s termite proof, can withstand sun and rain and will last a lifetime”, said Prashant.