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June 18, 2013
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Save money, reduce plastic trash and avoid plastic leaching toxic chemicals to into your body!

I ride my bike, which is more than 10 years old every day for transportation and exercise and have noticed that the plastic handles over time become very sticky and it feeling very uncomfortable and am concerned that the the toxic plastic and chemicals are may be absorbing in to my body. I was not so inspired to buy another plastic handlebar grips, especially it will require replace them ever year or two. I tried to wrap cotton twill tape and I love how it feels and works better than before original??.
ALL YOU NEED: For short about 5 " handlebars , you will need 2 yards 1 inch wide twill tape or webbing, 1 yard for each side of the handlebar.
Online shops where to buy organic cotton twill tape or webbing:

This store is selling mostly organic cotton USA grown and manufactured: http://www.nearseanaturals.com…..hp?id=2456
This store is selling mostly organic cotton from India: http://organiccottonplus.com/?…..tape-1      

I buy organic cotton because most cotton is GMO and I chose not to support GMO products and companies. Organic cotton makes very convenient grip, which absorb moisture (sweat) and can be easily unwrap and washed, if needed.
Watch my video how easy to wrap cotton twill  around handlebar grips.

June 19, 2013
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Thanks for the tip! I hadn't really thought about the bike handle grips, and so I already bought regular grips, but tape is a great idea. If you have any alternatives for the steering wheel of a car, please advise. Tape would be OK, but looks a little shabby. I guess it depends how old your car is. I think the replacement grip I have may be vinyl, which isn't good. I'd rather not have to sew. Maybe there is some other type of tape that would work beyond cotton.

http://chej.org/2011/06/new-st…..-plastic/

 

June 22, 2013
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@EcoPeaceful thank you so much for this tip, and especially thank you for the resources for finding organic cotton twill tape.  I don't know what my bike grips are made from -- looks like leather but could be "pleather."  I will try this solution if/when they wear out.

July 9, 2013
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Dana said
Thanks for the tip! I hadn't really thought about the bike handle grips, and so I already bought regular grips, but tape is a great idea. If you have any alternatives for the steering wheel of a car, please advise. Tape would be OK, but looks a little shabby. I guess it depends how old your car is. I think the replacement grip I have may be vinyl, which isn't good. I'd rather not have to sew. Maybe there is some other type of tape that would work beyond cotton.

http://chej.org/2011/06/new-st…..-plastic/

 

Thanks Dana for the gratitude and the link.

Car steering wheel is another great place for wrapping!

I agree that a poorly taped steering wheel could look shabby. Seems to me that a taped steering wheel done well could look fancy/customized. Certainly looks and other peoples approval/judgements are important and I also know that how things look can and has been at the price of our health and at the expense of our home (planet). I have learned to lessen the value of OPP (Other Peoples Opinions), especially if it the opinions/judgements are egocentric and superficially based by people who do not care to focus on my health and the health of our planet.

One option is to dye the fabric with natural dyes. It will need to be wrapped very tight so it is less likely to move.

You have inspired me to experiment with my husbands steering wheel. I plan to do a video… stay tooned! Laugh

July 9, 2013
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Beth Terry said
@EcoPeaceful thank you so much for this tip, and especially thank you for the resources for finding organic cotton twill tape.  I don't know what my bike grips are made from -- looks like leather but could be "pleather."  I will try this solution if/when they wear out.

Thank you Beth.

When my handles got sticky it made me think about the plastic leaching into my body from my hands. Now that I know what I know about plastic I am not waiting till my plastic breaks down which is why I am covering all the bikes in my family – even/especially the new bike.

RE: Buying Organic cotton twill from online stores – Here is my experience:

From http://organiccottonplus.com – My order was packed/shipped in plastic (I forget to ask for plastic-free packaging)
From http://www.nearseanaturals.com – I received my order packaged in paper (as per my request), except for the rolls of fabric for my nut milk bags business, since I use USA 100% organic cotton.

 
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