The world's first 'green' tires are made from sugar, which will appear on the market in the next few years.
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The world's top tire producers, Goodyear and Michelin, together with Lanxess synthetic rubber, have partnered with industrial biotechnology companies to produce bio-based rubber from sugar. .
Made from goodyear tires. (Photo: Discovery)
According to the C & EN Chemistry Journal, bacterial fermentation is the key to making three bio-rubber compounds, such as hydrocarbons, butyl and butadiene.
The Goodyear tire manufacturer has produced the first liquid hydrocarbon tires, and claims it is researching tires from bio-rubber.
However, these bio-tires will not appear on the road in the next 3-5 years.