Renewable Matter # 1 / Next Europe

It Takes a Flower

by Marco Gisotti

Who has never seen that beautiful plant called dandelion, also known in scientific terms as Taraxacum? It is much appreciated in phytotherapy and some people also use it as a salad dressing, but it could even be the next frontier in the tyre industry.

 

In Hannover, Germany, the natural rubber used for treads has been replaced by a new product, an extract of dandelion (to be precise of the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum kok-saghyz), then renamed “taraxagum”. The new tyres that Continental is planning to launch on the market in the next five-ten years, have been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute of...

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