Goodyear and Novamont Present BioTRED Tires

Tire giant Goodyear and Italian eco-bio-chemical firm Novamont have collaborated to produce bio-tires. Using their non-GMO corn starch called Mater Bi (which we've featured before, in this spork), Novamont produced an additive, or biofiller, which replaces part of the lampblack and silica normally contained in the tire mixture. Tires made with Novamont's additive reduces rolling resistance, noise and emissions while increasing fuel efficiency and reducing the energy needed in the production process. BioTRED was first introduced in Europe in 2001, and have been approved by both Ford and BMW to be used on their new cars, though information on availability and cost is very spotty. ::Novamont via ::Sustainable Practices