By Elizah Leigh on April 16, 2012

Spruce up a tired bicycle with repurposed and recycled floral accents.

bicycle gardens recycling

Rabid bicycle worship continues to take the world by storm, and if one or more of the following enthusiastic declarations hasn’t already tumbled out of your own mouth, chances are pretty good that you have heard a friend, colleague or family member say…

“Riding on two wheels is totally eco-friendly!”

“It’s worth pedaling for the gasoline and insurance savings alone!”

“Cycling is great for your body, plus there’s no workout boredom!”

“Cruising around with the wind blowing through your hair is the greatest stress reliever ever!”

“Your blood pressure will instantly drop and you’ll feel 10 years younger!”

“You’ll probably get to your destination a lot quicker, plus it’s a cinch finding a parking spot!”

Commuting on bicycle (or merely just tooling around on weekends) has enjoyed such a notable resurgence in popularity that you can’t go anywhere without seeing the two-wheeled lifestyle depicted in every corner of pop culture, from art, design and fashion, to film and television (Portlandia, anyone?).

Desperately seeking a non-dorky cycling helmet? No problem. How about specially designed urban cycling duds? You got it! Walk into a big-box store and you’ll now even be able to purchase a limited-edition designer bicycle adorned with Italian fashion house Missoni’s signature zigzag pattern, or for those with far more disposable income, higher-end limited-edition versions by the likes of Kate Spade, Hermes, Cynthia Rowley, Gucci, Chanel and Ralph Lauren are also available.

With bicycle adoration at an all-time fever pitch, it’s hardly surprising that fans are sprucing up their favorite mode of transportation with uniquely personalized flourishes such as corseted seat covers, DIY baskets, hand-crocheted dress guards, fuzzy dangling handlebar dice, illuminated spokes and leather six-pack holders. Securing this treasured possession onto a sturdy metal pole can now be achieved courtesy of a fanciful ivy-like cable lock or a conventional U-shaped security device sheathed with a multicolored hand-knitted cozy.

Well, why shouldn’t real live greenery get in on the bicycle bling-a-ling action? All things considered, bikes and portable gardens are kindred spirits, much in the same way that peanut butter and jelly were simply just meant to go together. Bicycle commuting is a zero-carbon endeavor, so it would seem that boosting one’s ride with botanical oomph could conceivably make it even more planet friendly. Despite cyclers being exposed to copious amounts of pollution while commuting back and forth, wouldn’t it be cool if portable plants were somehow capable of yielding a personalized smog filtration system? Hey, there’s no harm in dreaming.

You’re intrigued, aren’t you? Well there’s no reason why your bike should be left out of all the plant-inspired fun:

About the author

Elizah Leigh is an eco-inspired wordsmith capable of captivating readers in just the right manner to facilitate subliminal greenlightenment. If it hasn’t yet happened to you, dear reader, don’t worry... it soon will. She believes that walking on the green side of life isn’t so much about random actions like recycling household materials and eschewing bottled water as it really should be about committing to long-term lifestyle changes that naturally become effortless the more frequently they are practiced — and believe it or not, if you’re looking at the world through green-colored glasses, it’s never a chore.

Working as an eco-journalist for a number of online venues, including Ecorazzi, WebEcoist, WebUrbanist and Causecast, this self-confessed eager greenie and knowledge hound has become deeply entrenched in the world of green living and makes a conscious effort at all times to practice exactly what she preaches. Elizah feels that no one is an "expert" in this field as long as they continue to keep an open mind by acquiring new eco-feathers in their cap — something that she aspires to do with each new article that she authors.

Extremely passionate about greening perspectives as well as lifestyles one carefully selected word at a time, this eco-writer feels privileged to add the 1-800-RECYCLING audience to her increasingly expanding network of green-minded readers. When she’s not tweeting her ever-lovin’ greenie heart out or adding new eco-themed articles to her portfolio, she can be found frolicking outside or shooting the breeze with her menagerie of impossibly needy geriatric felines.

As for what Elizah hopes to bring to 1-800-RECYCLING? Believe it or not, she is convinced that we are all capable of carving out individual and collective legacies in which caring enough about what we do while we walk this earth ensures that future generations enjoy the same basic privileges that we currently do. Can collections of carefully crafted environmentally themed words help facilitate this lofty plan for eco-friendly ah-ha! inspiration? Stranger things have been done to honor Mother Nature. For now, that’s her eager greenie goal, and she’s definitely sticking to it.

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