Tires Made From Trees: Better, Cheaper, More Fuel Efficient

Flinstone Car with wood (or stone) tires

Flinstone Car with wood (or stone) tires

Automobile owners around the world may some day soon be driving on tires that are partly made out of trees — which could cost less, perform better and save on fuel and energy.

Wood science researchers at Oregon State University have made some surprising findings about the potential of microcrystalline cellulose – a product that can be made easily from almost any type of plant fibers – to partially replace silica as a reinforcing filler in the manufacture of rubber tires.



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