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I came across a Melbourne, Australia based company, called Ruba Designs
Ruba designs upcycles used car tires into amazing designer table mats, desk mats and coasters. If we were to ignore the enery and effort which goes into this process, and the consequent recycling process footprint, this is a cool concept...a lot better than directing used rubber tires into landfill and also reducing the need to chop trees, produce more cotton, bamboo, jute etc or produce more plastic for mats and coasters.
The Placemats and coasters, which won’t bend out of shape, are warm and inviting to touch, waterproof, heat resistant, dishwasher safe, and non-slip. They are available in 6 different designs to cater for different tastes. Also included in the collection are 4 styles of mouse pads and 3 styles of desk sets for the office. Ruba designers Sonia Attard and Lisa Vincitorio share their views in an interview on a fellow Green blog >>Link
If you are interested in updates about Ruba and its products...do click on their Facebook LIKE button :)..cheers to more such ventures..yay!!