Turning Trash Into Treasures: Group Creates Art From Tires

DETROIT, Mich (July 3, 2014)-  A group in the Motor City is cleaning up the illegally abandoned tires in the area and using them for a new purpose.

The group with Cass Community Social Services tells WXYZ they got the idea after noticing people in places like Kenya and Mexico wearing sandals made out of tires.  After teaming up with the University of Michigan and the College of Creative Services, they’ve now created a product that they can sell. Thanks to the tire sandals, dozens of people also have some much-needed jobs.

“We have 80 people working here, soon to be 100,” Rev. Faith Fowler told WXYZ, “We employ people for whom employment has been hard to get. Maybe they don’t have a high school diploma, they can’t read, or perhaps homeless.”

So far, the program is being called a success.

The sandals cost $25 a pair, but there are other products for sale as well, including coasters made from recycled wood. To make a purchase, just head to Cass Community Social Services website.

You can view the original story from WXYZ here.

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