Toyo Concept Tire Uses 90 Percent Sustainable Materials

Toyo Tires recently presented its Sustainable Concept Tire with 90 percent sustainable materials, which the company said surpasses the highest ever usage rate of 50 percent sustainable materials in the Open Country tires used in the 2024 Dakar Rallye.

Sustainable materials can be broadly divided into “renewable materials” that can be recycled, such as naturally derived materials, and “recycled materials” that are reused from materials that have already been used in some way.This concept tire uses renewable materials such as biomass-derived butadiene rubber, biomass-derived styrene-butadiene rubber, rice husk ash silica, plant-derived oil, and bio-derived polyester fiber as recycled materials which makes up approximately 60 percent of the total.

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The concept tire uses CO2-derived butadiene rubber, which was successfully developed jointly with Toyama University in Japan.

Recycled carbon black, recycled bead wire and recycled steel cord are also used in the concept tire – making up about 30 percent of the total.

The goal is to achieve a usage rate of 40 percent in 2030 and 100 percent in 2050. Toyo’s concept tire minimizes the rolling resistance coefficient, which greatly contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the tire lifecycle and improving the cruising range of electric vehicles. The tire achieves the highest grade for rolling resistance in the Japanese tire labeling system.

In the future, Toyo Tires will advance further technological innovations toward practical application, developing and marketing products that will contribute to the realization of a sustainable mobility society.

© Scrap Tire News, February 2024