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December 21, 2016

5 Unique Handmade Gift Ideas for Cyclists

Running out of gift ideas for the cyclist in your life who has everything? Cyclists can be hard to buy for. They may have everything they need already and they travel light.

At Resource Revival, we specialize in handmade gifts for cyclists. We craft everything here in our Oregon shop and source our recycled bike parts from bicycle repair shops throughout the US. Here are some of our gift recommendations for the cyclist in your life.

Bike chain bracelet

handmade recycled bike chain bracelet jewelry

Bicycle chain bracelets are not your average Tiffany’s pieces–they’re pretty badass. Made from used, cleaned, and polished bike chains, these bracelets look great on men or women (and are available in two sizes). They’re not heavy, but they’re strong, just like a good touring bike.

Bike Chain Picture Frame

Eco friendly handmade bike chain picture frame

Share cycling memories with friends with a trip photo in a bicycle picture frame, or jazz up an otherwise boring office. The round bicycle chain picture frames are sleek and minimalist, while the 4” x 6” picture frames are a little edgier—perfect for an autographed photo of your favorite cyclist!

Engraved Bamboo Coasters

recycled bike chain bamboo coasters

Cycling and coffee go well together, and an ice cold beer never tastes as good as it does after a full day of mountain biking. Bike chain and bamboo coasters look great on the patio, in the man-cave, and in on your coffee table. We do all the engraving here, and each coaster in a set of four has a unique bike shape.

Bike Chain Bottle Opener Keychain

eco friendly bike chain bottle opener keychain

If Friday bike-and-brews is a well-honored tradition in your house, then a bottle opener keychain that your cyclist can attach their bike lock keys to is ideal. Won’t lose the bottle opener, won’t lose the keys. The keychains are small and light enough to still fit in a jersey pocket. They’re great for bike touring trips!

Bike Chain Bowl

eco friendly bicycle chain bowl

Run a bike-friendly bed-and-breakfast? Add some style to your themed accommodations with a bicycle chain bowl, made completely from recycled bike chain, cleaned and manufactured right here in our Oregon shop. These are also great for your entry hall table.

Looking for something else? Check out other unique gifts for cyclists in our online shop.

November 13, 2016

The Importance of Giving Eco-Friendly this Holiday Season

The Importance of Giving Eco-Friendly this Holiday Season

Giving eco-friendly comes in one of two ways: either you do it because you want to, or you do it out of guilt. Yes, household waste increases 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, yes climate change is a real, but doing things out of guilt never feels good and gift-giving should always feel good.

At Resource Revival, we’ve seen firsthand the impact gift-giving has on landfills. Prior to starting the business, owner Graham Bergh worked in recycling education. On his way to work one day, he got a flat tire on his bike, and wondered what would happen to his popped inner tube. And he did something about it. Resource Revival upcycles tons of used bike parts into unique, handmade gifts people love.

We all aim to please. We love to watch our friends and family light up when they’re handed a gift from under the tree. But, does it matter whether that gift is the latest gadget? How many people do you know who have actually started exercising more because they received an activity tracking watch?

When someone receives a gift, like a new iPhone or toy, where does the old one go? Electronics are often thrown away or taken to recycling facilities. Some electronics are refurbished or recycled locally. Some end up overseas, where unprotected workers strip them to sell the valuable metals, like the gold, silver, or platinum. A lot ends up in the landfill. In 2009, 2.37 million tons of ewaste ended up in the landfills. Only 25% of that was recovered and recycled.

Giving gifts that are easier on the planet feels better. Instead of worrying whether you bought something in the right color or the newest model, you can give something with a story, something that supported a local family, or something that someone put a lot of effort and love into building.

If you’re strapped for time, don’t stress yourself out trying to make a ton of homemade gifts because you want to give eco-friendly. There are several ways to give eco-friendly gifts this holiday season.

Buy local

Local handmade items crafted from recycled or eco-friendly materials make thoughtful and environmentally conscious gifts. Check out local craft markets, gift shops, and food stores. Depending where you live, you can find everything from sustainably-sourced clothing to handmade soap to picture frames made from recycled bicycle chain.

Give experiences

Gifts don’t have to cost a lot to impress the receiver. Gifting movie tickets, cooking classes, or other local experiences gets your friend or family member out into their community. If your friend is a busy single parent, offer to babysit. Teach someone how to do their own taxes. There are many ways to give that don’t involve physical products.

Buy fair trade and ethically sourced

Fair trade products ensure that items are sourced from somewhere where workers are paid and treated fairly. Buy cosmetic products that contain organic ingredients and aren’t tested on animals. Read a company’s social and environmental responsibility policy before buying their products online. Look for the fair trade symbol on coffee and chocolate.

There is such a competitive feeling during the holidays. Family members aim to out-give each other. Everyone wants to have the most-prized gift under the tree. It detracts from the real meaning of this season: spending quality time with family and friends, celebrating each other, and being thankful for what we already have.

Don’t feel the pressure this season. Instead of focusing on the amount you’ll spend or whether you’re getting the newest model of something (let’s be honest, it’ll be outdated next year anyway), gift something unique with a story. Gift something that you can feel good about, knowing that people who made it and the environment were treated fairly.

Check out our eco-friendly handmade gifts. Reduce, reuse, rebike!