My oldest son is the kind of kid that has the uncanny ability to hit anything in the world with his bike. It’s like his bike is a magnet for disaster that needs to destroy everything in its path. Every time he hits something, his chain falls off. Every time it falls off, it gets crappier and crappier. Replacing the latest one today, I found myself wondering what happens to a bike chain if it gets recycled. What can they do with these things, I wondered. Well, it turns out there are a lot of people out there that are way more creative than I am, and they come up with some pretty cool things to do with these old chains.
This guy Graham Bergh collects thousands of these things every year and makes, of all things, bottle openers out of them. It’s actually a pretty cool thing when you think about it. Not only does it look pretty cool, but it’s easy to keep around. The tensile strength of the circle of chain is enough to give you more than enough leverage on the bottle cap, and it hangs on your belt or key chain very easily. In an all around kind of way, this thing is well worth the paltry 14 bucks.
And it doesn’t stop there! The only chains that get turned into bottle openers are the ones that are so messed up that they can’t be used for anything else. Any of the chains they collect that could still be worked into something usable are sent to a non-profit that teaches kids how to maintain their own bikes. It’s like an extra little something to make you feel that much better about this purchase. It looks cool, it works, it keeps trash off the ground, and it helps educate children. That’s pretty damn hard to beat.
This is probably the ten billionth thing I’ve written about that’s recycled, but I can’t help it. Recycled stuff is where it’s at, and there are obviously a lot of cool things you can do with this stuff.