TRIB Marks Earth Day with Green Retreading Reminder
April 22 is Earth Day – and according to the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau, you could do a lot worse than celebrating the environmentally themed day with a set of retreads. TRIB comments that retreaded tyres are one of the most environmentally friendly of all recycled products, as they contain one of the highest post consumer contents because the actual tyre itself is being recycled.
The oil savings with retreads is also very significant, adds TRIB, as tyres are basically petrochemical products. It takes approximately 83 litres of oil to manufacture one average size truck tyre. Since most of that oil is found in the tyre casing, which is re-used in the retreading process, only about 26 litres of oil are needed to retread that same tyre. Thus a fleet using as few as 100 tyres a year can help save almost 5,700 litres of oil annually, notes TRIB.
“Every major truck tyre manufacturer’s tires are designed for multiple lives, and to not take advantage of that fact and not retread an expensive tyre after the original tread is worn is simply silly and wasteful,” according to TRIB managing director Harvey Brodsky. “It’s really ridiculous when one considers that the tyre has one or more useful lives left.”