goodyear shows how to make tires with less petroleum emissions
Goodyear on Wednesday unveiled a tire made from 70% sustainable materials. It’s a step toward the company’s goal of making a tire from 100% sustainable materials by 2030.
While this tire isn’t ready for production (Goodyear calls it a “demonstration tire”), it does show some of the materials Goodyear is investigating to cut petroleum use, as well as emissions from the production process.
The tire includes 13 sustainable materials—including soybean oil, rice husk ash silica, bio-based polymers, fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, and renewable resins—across nine tire components, according to a Goodyear press release.
Some of the carbon blacks used in the tire also weren’t made from burning oil, the traditional production process, which creates more pollution. The tire includes three carbon blacks produced from carbon dioxide, plant-based oil, and methane. These are more sustainable processes, Goodyear claims. The company also notes that methane could be replaced with “renewable natural gas” to further lower emissions.