The Way Tyres Accelerating the Microplastics in the Ocean

Tyres are made up of plastic (synthetic rubber) polymer, over the time tiny particles of the tyre wear off on the roads, which are very lite particles and can easily flow with air.


We, humans, are developing our nations and economies but on the cost of harming our natural resources. We are developing products which have long lives, we are innovating for better technology and better performance. But it is also important that nature will also take a long time to digest these products in its system. One of those products is microplastic. Every year, a million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean, these are that plastic which we are able to see from naked eyes, but what about the plastic that we are not able to see from the naked eyes and it is continuously dumping into oceans.

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Have you ever seen the tyres of your bikes or cars?  Over a period of time, they lose all their grip with the road and become smooth and do not create friction with roads. Did you try to find out where the tiny particles of the tyres go?  Tyres are made up of plastic (synthetic rubber) polymer, over the time tiny particles of the tyre wear off on the roads, which are very lite particles and can easily flow with air. Either these particles flow with air or washed to the ocean because of rain and meet the ocean. The particles are smaller than 5 mm and cannot be easily picked with the help of nets. They mixed in the marine ecosystem and eventually reach to food cycle.

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A research conducted by International Union for Conservation of Nature shows that 28 % of the total microplastic in the ocean came from the bike and car tyre which is more than the one-fourth of the total microplastic in the ocean. These microplastic is not restricted to rivers and oceans, it reaches to glaciers of the arctic region through air and water and darkens the colour of glaciers, which have a huge impact on the arctic region. The darkened surface of ice is reflecting less sunlight and absorbing more sunlight as compared to white snow, which speeds up the melting of glaciers in the arctic region.

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A study in 2017 shows that an estimated 6.5 million tonnes of microplastic are shredded from tyres and brakes of cars and bikes every year. The countries which are significantly contributing to this are the eastern part of the United States, Northern part of Europe, major cities of China and also some parts of the Middle East and Latin America. A report from Emission Analytics shows that pollution from tyre wear can be 1000 times worse than car exhaust. Although companies in the automobile sector are moving towards electric cars which is beneficial for reducing carbon footprints and reducing the use of fossil fuels the vehicles will be leaving its plastic pollution footprints.

Gradually we are reducing stress in fossil fuels and oil by switching to electric energy vehicles but we need to find the solution for the pollution created by tyres and brakes, it is essential to innovate new polymers for making of tyres which will shred less plastic footprints.

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