Tire manufacturer Continental has donated 400m2 of recycled rubber to form paving stones for a youth basketball court in Hanover-Linden in Germany.
The paving stones are made from recycled racing tires from the Extreme E electric racing series, which Continental has been supporting as a founding partner since 2019. The Extreme E tires underwent a complex manufacturing process to extract all chemical components from the tires before transforming them into paving stones that will serve as the foundation for the court.
The project BasKIDball aims to overcome social barriers with the help of sports and to create basketball courts all over Germany where young people can train together, regardless of age, origin or school. BasKIDball stands for values such as team spirit and trust, health and fairness and the social aspect plays a central role. Continental intends to support this approach with the help of the paving stones donation from Extreme E.
Extreme E is an off-road racing series that not only aims to deliver sport with electric-powered races under extreme conditions, but also to draw attention to the climatic challenges around the world. The first season took place in 2021, with the finale of Season 2 taking place this weekend on November 26 and 27. On March 11, 2023, the third season will start in Saudi Arabia.
Enno Straten, head of strategy, analytics and marketing, replacement tires, EMEA, Continental, said, “We are very pleased to support the project with paving stones made from our recycled tires here in Hanover. In this way, we are bringing the materials from the sustainable Extreme E electric racing series back into circulation and using them for a good cause.”