Do eco-friendly tyres exist? Yes, they do exist and the technological advancements are mind blowing. The tyre’s design is both light and aerodynamic, providing a great addition to the eco-friendly vehicles emerging each year. Buying eco-friendly tyres benefits both the planet and your wallet.
Many motoring companies have been manufacturing eco-friendly cars because it’s beneficial to the environment and sustainable. These cars are deemed eco-friendly due to the reduction in their carbon emissions. When it comes to changing tyres, the biggest concern for most people are the tyre prices. We all know that most of them just have one function or benefit, they do the job but they won’t win any awards. Then you’ll find the top of the range tyres, which seems like it could be a lot of money to spend on a wearable component.
Tyres aren’t just about giving you a firm, steadfast grip on the road they can also be the most influential part of eco-friendly driving. Being eco-friendly is not just about the wheels or fuel efficiency, there are
several things that you can do to make sure that your tyres aren’t obstructing your car’s performance.
Among the essential raw materials used in tire manufacturing, synthetic rubber, carbon black, reinforcing fibers, and rubber compounding agents have been singled out as primary targets for improved eco-friendliness. Bridgestone has successfully created synthetic rubber using plant-derived materials. Other companies are also experimenting with producing synthetic rubber made from biomass (plant-derived material or agricultural waste).
Experiments by Goodyear show that soybean oil has great potential as a natural ingredient in tires – increasing tread life by 10% and reducing the use of petroleum-based oil by up to 8.5 million gallons per year.
Rolling resistance is the energy a tire consumes while rolling under a load. The lower the rolling resistance, the less energy it takes to move your car along the road. This translates into improved gas mileage and reduced CO2 emissions into the environment. The energy consumed by your tires’ rolling resistance can be significant. An estimated 5% to 15% of passenger car fuel consumption is used just to overcome rolling resistance.
Virtually all major tire manufacturers now offer LRR tires, but do your research carefully before you buy, as there are no mandated reporting standards for tire rolling resistance. Tire manufacturers apply their own rating systems and comparing different brands may require some careful reading.
Vulcanization is the process of heating and hardening rubber compounds to make them serviceable.
Worn-out tires can be used for many purposes, including tire-derived fuel, civil engineering applications, and etc. But unfortunately, the transformation of the rubber brought about by vulcanization made it impossible to recycle used tires and retrieve the raw materials to make new tires.
Serious strides have been made in laying a foundation for manufacturing increasingly green, eco-friendly tires. Thanks to the commitment of tire manufacturers, we can envision a future where tires will have less and less of a negative impact on the environment.
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