Inflatable pool toys - photo by Toni Cuenca, Unsplash

Inflatable Floats and Decorations Creative Reuse

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

Ingrid Fetell Lee’s TED Talk on the aesthetics of joy

Vinyl Recycling Facilities in North America

Wyatt & Jack

Update in June 2023 – Wyatt & Jack is now called Inflatable Amnesty.

Hear more about Wyatt & Jack in this podcast interview on Sustainable(ish).


This German non-profit picks up inflatable rafts on the shores in Greece that transported refugees and makes them into bags.

Great interview with the founder of mimycri on the Green Berlin podcast

Nick Cave

Nick creatively reuses many materials in his work. In 2019, he made an exhibit and community event in Boston from inflatable lawn decorations.

Erik Scollon

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

Junk Kouture outfit called Swimming in Plastic

Alligator inflatable made into trash fashion

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