If you've ever owned a car, chances are you had to change the tires at least once, leaving you with a dilemma as to what to do with old tires. Thankfully, the times of burning used tires in your yard are long forgotten, and if there's no tire recycling facility near you, these DIY projects can help you to give them a second life.
We have put a list of tire upcycling ideas for your inspiration. Sure, you'll find the good old tire swing here, but also some unexpected chairs, steps, dog bed, and garden decoration ideas.
Research indicates that tires will slowly leach toxic chemicals into the surrounding environment, but many of these studies describe long-term effects when exposed to the elements. It's probably a good idea to refrain from using them to plant edible plants, but many other applications should be OK, especially if they will be covered in some way or won't be touched too often.