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TRIB touts environmental benefits of retreading

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Tire Information Retread Bureau (TRIB) says that not only does retreading make good business s...


TORONTO, Ont. — The Tire Information Retread Bureau (TRIB) says that not only does retreading make good business sense, but it’s also good for the environment.

“Retreading actively contributes to helping conserve valuable finite natural resources needed to manufacture tires,” says Harvey Brodsky, managing director of TRIB. “For every retread produced, one less new tire needs to be manufactured.”

Tire production requires a great deal of energy and materials, Brodsky adds. He says it takes more than 83 liters of oil to make a single new truck tire. Most of that oil goes towards creating the tire casing (which is re-used during retreading), so during the retreading process only about 27 liters of oil is required.

“Retreading conserves hundreds of millions of liters of oil every year,” says Brodsky. “In today’s oil-scarce world that is extremely important. And because retreading requires less rubber, fewer rubber trees are consumed, which helps preserve the natural environment.”

With the cost of petroleum and other raw materials increasing, Brodsky says retreading makes more economical sense than ever before.

“To discard a worn tire without retreading is to lose much of the tire’s value,” he warns. “It’s throwing money away.”

For additional information, or for a tour of a retread plant in Canada, contact TRIB toll free from anywhere in North America at 888-473-8732 or by e-mail at info@retread.org.


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