Recipe for Green Tires: Plants, Not Petroleum

From The New York Times, Thursday, June 17, 2010:

WITH each new model introduction, automakers take pains to point out how much they have done to reduce their vehicles’ negative effects on the environment. A rundown of the advances can involve almost every aspect of the car’s design and production: carbon dioxide output has been cut; paint application has changed to a water-based process; recycling and waste reduction at the factory has been improved to a point where nothing goes to a landfill.

But when it comes to tires, there has been far less to talk about.

Efforts to burnish the eco-friendliness of tires are growing, though, with an emphasis on reducing the use of raw materials — particularly the five to 10 gallons of petroleum ingredients needed to manufacture a tire.

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