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Dry Ice Blasting Provides Fast, Environmentally Responsible Cleaning

Cleaning rubber molds used in the manufacture of tires, gaskets, o-rings, shoes and other products can be cut by 80 percent with dry ice blasting, according to IceTech. Dry ice blasting is a non-abrasive, environmentally responsible cleaning method in which soft dry ice pellets are accelerated in a pressurized air … Read more »

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How Rubber Is Made Could Improve Tires, Cut Emissions

Scientists’ findings on how rubber is made, if used to improve tire performance, for example, could mean higher gas mileage and less air pollution. In a report in the ACS journal Macromolecules, Yuko Ikeda and colleagues note that a chemical process called vulcanization has been critical for the manufacturing of quality … Read more »

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Timberland, Omni Recycle Tires into Footwear

Timberland and tire manufacturer and distributor Omni United have created tires designed to be recycled into footwear outsoles at the end of their life on the road. The co-branded line of tires was unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association automotive trade show in Las Vegas earlier this week. The … Read more »

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Rubber Industry to Create Sustainability Standards

The International Rubber Study Group aims to set up a voluntary certification program and standards for sustainable natural rubber, a $30 billion a cash crop, the Wall Street Journal reports. Skyrocketing demand in the last decade and led to record-high prices and new rubber plantations outside of Thailand, Indonesia and … Read more »

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Trek, REI Join Bike Tube Recycling Network

Trek and REI have partnered with Alchemy Goods to form a nationwide bike tube recycling network with the goal of collecting 1 million bike tubes by the end of 2014. This network includes more than 600 Trek bicycle dealers and 1,800 retailers — REI stores and independent bike shops — … Read more »

Goodyear Uses Soybean Oil to Reduce Petroleum in Tires

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company researchers say that using soybean oil in tires can potentially increase tread life by 10 percent and reduce the tiremaker’s use of petroleum-based oil by up to 7 million gallons each year. In addition, testing at Goodyear’s tire plant in Lawton, Oklahoma showed improved mixing … Read more »