Discarded Trucking Equipment Gets a Second Chance

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Over the past few years, the repurposing trend has been gaining popularity. From light fixtures made of Mason jars to tabletops made from old doors, it seems everyone has caught the bug. According to Buzz Alive, it started out for very practical reasons. The recession made money tight for many people, so they repurposed things in order to build, decorate, and live on a budget.  Additionally, upcycling items that would otherwise be thrown away fits nicely with the growing “Go Green” trend. Now, repurposing is a hobby and even a career for some. Interior designers, bloggers, and social sites like Pinterest are flourishing because of the craze.

These professionals and hobbyists have found ways to repurpose nearly anything – and that includes trucking equipment and warehouse goods! Repurposing pros have gotten their hands on truck tires, pallets, and even containers. Take a look below at how the equipment our drivers use every day has been turned in to something completely new.

Discarded tires are being used to create new items, whether they are practical or artistic. The Seoul Museum of Art hosted an exhibit of Yong Ho Ji’s art, made entirely of discarded truck tires. Others that took a utilitarian spin on repurposing tires have made pots, fashion accessories, and ottomans.

From desks to planters to entire homes, the ideas for upcycling pallets are endless. “Palleten Haus” is an energy-efficient, affordable house built almost entirely of pallets. Students from the University of Vienna won a sustainable architecture award for its design. According to Fast Company, houses made from discarded pallets could provide 84% of the world’s refugees with homes.


Some of the most impressive upcycling feats have been accomplished through the use of shipping containers. More people are living or sleeping in containers than ever before, from portable hotels like Snooze Box to housing for the homeless to high-end, beautifully designed homes. But, these containers are not being used just for homes – companies are using them as retail locations. San Francisco is leading the pack with Del Popolo, a wood-fired pizza truck, and Aether Apparel, a three-story clothing store made of containers. 

Big brand involvement in this trend shows that repurposing is here to stay. Trucking companies will watch their old equipment used as art, décor, living space, and more, rather than being dumped in a landfill or junk yard.

What interesting things have you seen made from discarded truck equipment and warehouse goods? Let us know in the comments.

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