1. Baseball bats recycled into chopsticks. When bats break in the Japanese professional baseball leagues, some of the lumber is fashioned into “Kattobashi” chopsticks, which are sure to make that next meal of sushi a home run.
2. Climbing rope reused as dog leashes. Old or damaged climbing rope can be a serious safety concern, so when the rope deteriorates even slightly, convert it into tying string, or better yet, a leash for Fido.
3. Skiing gear recycled into furniture. Several different companies, including Skichair and Reeski, sell chairs and other types of furniture designed from old skis and snowboards, and they’re far from abominable.
4. Race bibs reused as coasters. Since race bibs are made of Tyvek, they are incredibly durable, and almost impossible to recycle. Instead, reuse them as coasters for your legion of Powerade bottles.
5. Tennis balls recycled as Equestrian arena turf. An initiative called Project Green Ball has floored naysayers and hit upon a way to crush up tennis balls, turning them into turf for Equestrian arenas and riding events.