Where the rubber meets the road | Guest View
Last updated 12/1/2021 at 12:17pm
It is interesting to pick something that we use as part of our daily lives and take a look at the impact of that use. The car tires that we all ride on need to be made, they wear out, and they need to be thrown away.
About 20% of a tire is made out of real rubber from rubber trees. About 25% is made of fake rubber, which is a plastic. The rest are metals and other compounds.
Among the larger environmental consequences of manufacturing tires are greenhouse gas emissions and rubber plantation deforestation.
The problems that are closer to home involve all that stuff that comes off a tire as i...