Friday, December 2, 2005

Everest Oxygen Tanks Turned Into Bells, Ornaments

BRUNSWICK, Maine (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A man in Brunswick, Maine, is helping to clean up Mount Everest by turning abandoned oxygen tanks into bells and Christmas ornaments.

For the last 18 months, Jeff Clapp has been shipping leftover oxygen containers from Nepal at $50 a pop and turning them into pieces of art that range in price from a $15 ornament to a $3000 bell at

Clapp got the idea for recycling the containers while watching a documentary about the huge mass of trash left by climbers on the mountain and decided to do something about it.

Although he thought about copyrighting his concept, Clapp decided against it because, as he puts it, “If I do that, I’m stopping people from cleaning up the top of the Earth.”

In fact, he’s hoping to make a return trip to Mount Everest so he can teach the local artists how to turn the tanks into bells so they can ring up some sales on their own.

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