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Eco-Friendly Tire Solutions

Our planet and the people on it are facing major challenges. Together with our industry, Continental Tire has an enormous responsibility. Our aim is to develop highly efficient, sustainable, individual mobility. Mobility that causes zero accidents, is clean, green, and intelligent, and that everybody can afford. In this way, we create the highest value for our customers and society. Sustainability and environmentally friendly development is therefore closely entwined with our core business.

Learn more about Continental’s commitment to sustainability

Retreading Is Eco-Friendly

By reusing the casing, you not only lighten your tire budget but also help to protect the environment. Retreading truck and bus tires is an eco-friendly practice:

According to the U.S. EPA, retread tires contain up to 75% post-consumer recycled material. Almost 40 pounds of raw material is saved in every retreaded tire, including rubber, steel and carbon black.

Retreading conserves oil. The manufacture of a new medium truck tire requires approximately 22 gallons of oil, but it takes only seven gallons to retread.

Retreading truck tires in the U.S. reduces carbon emissions by 396,000 tons annually. The retreading process generates 70 percent less emissions than production of a new tire.

With retreading, millions of tires that would end up in tire piles or in landfills continue their useful lives for thousands of additional miles. Continental ensures that our tire casings provide maximum retreadability to benefit the environment and your tire budget.

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Continental Tire is committed that by 2025, ten percent of the raw materials used to produce our tires will be covered by recycled materials. We have already reached three percent, with ongoing development of additional technology to meet our goal.

Continental also created the first ever production facility worldwide that unites tire recycling and retreading under one roof: the ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover, Germany. Setting new benchmarks in sustainability, Continental developed a proprietary process to recycle rubber from used tires in such a way that the raw material will be directly returned into the production cycle for new or retreaded tires.

In the past, used tires were processed into technically inferior products, such as floor mats, or were simply incinerated. Now, thanks to our special recycling method, it is possible to re-supply the valuable rubber to its original purpose in an efficient way.

See how the ContiLifeCycle Recycling Plant works

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Sustainable Natural Rubber

As one of the world’s leading technology companies and tire manufacturers, we are committed to sustainable development worldwide. That’s why we are partnering with international aid agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Gmbh) to improve the sustainability of the natural rubber supply chain in Indonesia, the world’s second largest rubber producing country.

In addition, Continental has partnered with General Motors Co. (GM) to provide tires made with sustainable natural rubber, as part of the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i). We are committed to sourcing rubber from providers that use environmentally and ethically sound production methods, as well as reducing deforestation and preventing human and labor rights violations.

Learn more about Continental and sustainable natural rubber

Rubber from Dandelions

Most people view dandelions as a nuisance. But here at Continental Tire, we embrace the flowering weed as a key component to the future of truck and bus tires and the commercial transport industry.

In conjunction with The Fraunhofer Institute and other organizations, Continental has produced and tested the first commercial tires using natural rubber latex generated from the Russian dandelion, or “Taragaxum.”

Russian dandelions thrive in agricultural areas outside the traditional Rubber Belt, which is comprised of tropical climates. Therefore, the use of Taraxagum shortens the transport routes to production sites. It also helps ensure the globally growing need for rubber can be met without the need to sacrifice more precious rainforest areas. Both of these factors have a sustainable positive effect on the world’s carbon footprint and on biodiversity.

Fuel Efficient Designs

Continental Tire is continuously lowering the average rolling resistance of our truck tires, as well as tires for bus and coach usage – without compromising on safety.

Many of our truck tires are SmartWay verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements. In addition to fulfilling government requirements for rolling resistance, our fuel-efficient tires are designed to help your fleet save on fuel costs and reduce emissions.

See the list of Continental SmartWay verified truck tires

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Long-Lasting Tires

Not all roads are created equal. Continental Tire engineers have developed truck tires to meet the unique needs of your transport activities. Our truck and bus tires for commercial vehicles unleash their full potential to increase the overall economy of your fleet. Our tires are also designed to maximize original miles to removal, helping keep tires out of landfills.

3G Casing

The 3G Casing makes Continental tires even more economical. Built with perfectly matched tread compounds, reinforcements, and patterns that best suit your application, our casing achieves outstanding structural durability. Durability that pays off, because it serves as a valuable raw material for retreading with our ContiLifeCycle process.