Upcycling is the process of converting wasted or useless objects into new products. The concept is becoming more popular today because of its environmental advantages. Upcycling is well suited to address scrap tires since nearly 300 million car tires are being discarded every year.
Re-Tread Products, Inc. has developed a new building material from old tires called the Tire LogÔ to help reduce the number of tires in landfills while also reducing the amount of damage to homes caused by earthquakes. By using these logs in construction, the tires act as a buffer between the quaking earth and the foundation of the home. The logs can also be used in the walls of the structure for added security.
Other applications for Tire Logs include:
- Retaining walls
- Erosion control
- Flood abatement
- Backstops for shooting ranges
If you think you’ve gotten the most out of your tires, you’re probably right. But Re-Tread is aiming to get even more out of them in the long run. Just think: the tires that may have saved your life on the road might save another’s in their earthquake-proof home.