Rubber made from Dandelions has proved to be very effective in producing more sustainable tires. The tire industry has started looking for better means to make use of more environmentally regenerative materials to produce tires.
A major German tire company collaborated with the University of Aachen to manufacture tires using rubber made from Dandelions. This effort is made in a bid to reduce deforestation, landfill waste, economic issues linked to rubber tree cultivation, and microplastic pollution.
In the quest for self-sufficiency, the Soviet Union developed the Dandelion rubber. Before Dandelions were deemed fit as a good specimen to be cultivated in Kazakhstan, over 1,000 different species were tested.
Rubber trees from Brazil were previously used, however, during World War II the major powers of the US, UK, and Germany planted dandelions for the production of rubber. After the war stopped, the tire industry began to demand synthetic tires gotten from petrochemicals.
Continental Tires, a Germany-based tire company is manufacturing rubber tires known as Taraxagum. The bicycle model of this company’s tires was awarded the 2021 German Sustainability Award.
The fact that we came out on top among 54 finalists shows that our Urban Taraxagum bicycle tire is a unique product that contributes to the development of a new, alternative and sustainable supply of raw materials.Dr. Carla Recker, head of development for the Taraxagum project
According to a report, dandelion tires proved to better than natural rubber, which is usually combined with synthetic rubber.
Dandelion can grow anywhere; this plant requires little accommodation in a country. The research team in charge of Taraxagum at Continental suggests these plants could be cultivated in the polluted land. In addition, during the extraction process, hot water is the only additive required, unlike Hevea which needs organic solvents.