While inflatable toys, decorations and pools may bring us feelings of joy and celebration, they come at a great cost. They are never produced in a sustainable way. They break easily and are rarely recycled. They are difficult to creative reuse.
You can listen to my podcast episode on creative reuse of inflatables in this YouTube video. It originally aired in August 2020:
Joy and Inflatable, Round, Colorful Objects
Vinyl Recycling Facilities in North America
Wyatt & Jack
Update in June 2023 – Wyatt & Jack is now called Inflatable Amnesty.
Nick creatively reuses many materials in his work. In 2019, he made an exhibit and community event in Boston from inflatable lawn decorations.
Erik did an artist residency at the Recology program in San Francisco where he made items found in the landfill there. He made inflatable balloons from recycled jackets.
Tutorials to Make Your Own Recycled Inflatables
Trash Fashion & Costumes from Inflatables
Alligator inflatable made into trash fashion