Sustainable materials can be broadly classified into renewable materials that can be recycled, such as those derived from nature, and recycled materials that reuse things that have already been used in some way. Toyo reports that it uses sustainable materials for 90% of its raw materials.
Last week, Toyo Tires exhibited the design of its concept tire at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan. The concept tire uses biomass-derived butadiene rubber, biomass-derived styrene butadiene rubber, rice husk ash silica, plant-derived oil and bio-derived polyester fiber as recyclable materials – which make up around 60% of the total.
Recycled carbon black, recycled bead wire and recycled steel cord are also used in the concept tire – making up about 30% of the total.
Toyo says it has set a goal of using 40% sustainable materials in its products by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
The concept tire reportedly minimizes the rolling resistance coefficient, which greatly contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the cruising range of EVs throughout the tire’s lifecycle.
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