Colorful Reclaimed Pipe Upcycled Into Garden Planter

October 5, 2012 by

As part of a local recycling project, Barcelona, Spain industrial designer Fabian Andino of Espaibuenrollo reclaimed colorful but otherwise un-reusable and non-disposable PVC pipes, upcycling them into portable planters that can hang on walls or rest on specially-designed racks.

Although good looking, TUBI planters are made from PVC, which can leach over time and would not be usable for growing food. Of all the plastics, PVC plastic or vinyl is the most environmentally damaging. Despite worldwide efforts to ban the production of PVC products, because of their chlorine content existing products with PVC cannot be landfilled or burned. Burning releases an acidic gas along with dioxins, and if landfilled, PVC eventually releases additives which can poison groundwater supplies.

Most of the collected PVC waste, like these pipes, is ‘downcycled’ or used to manufacture products like garden benches and highway sound barriers–or as this recycling project aims to do–planters.

I do applaud the TUBI project, however, for its attempt to recycle these existing plastics and while also discouraging the production of new hazardous materials.

What do you think?

13 Comments »

  1. EPDM Rubber said:

    Really nice and very easy and comfortable idea thanks for sharing it.

    — October 6, 2012 @ 06:02

  2. Rachel @ MyCamperTrailer said:

    That is indeed a cool recycled garden planter. I am very glad you shared this page. Thanks!

    — October 11, 2012 @ 13:11

  3. Nicholas said:

    This planter idea is somewhat similar to one that I had completed a few weeks ago; It even has a tube-design incorporated for growing seedlings.

    http://www.uponfurtherinspection.com/diy-recycled-planter-box-2-part-2/

    I hope its OK to list a link to the planter so people can see what I’m talking about.

    Best,

    Nicholas

    — October 15, 2012 @ 18:09

  4. Trimurti said:

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    — October 18, 2012 @ 08:05

  5. Emmma Daniel said:

    hi,

    its really useful recycle garden planner which cost not much… thanks for sharing this great idea.

    — October 26, 2012 @ 05:01

  6. Trimurti said:

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    — October 31, 2012 @ 08:26

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