Continental Tire has introduced the UltraContact NXT tire, a passenger vehicle and small truck tire that is made of up to 65% sustainable materials.
The tire will contain recycled, mass balance-certified, and renewable materials such as silicate obtained from rice husks, recycled polyethylene terephthalate bottles, bio-circular and/or circular feedstock, natural and synthetic rubber, and resins obtained from wood and paper industries.
Up to 37% of the materials are renewed or recycled, with an estimated 5% being recycled materials. According to the manufacturer, the new Continental tire will be available in 19 sizes in Europe for a start.
In addition, the company claims that it’s increasing efforts to recycle PET plastic bottles. The steel that reinforces the Continental tires is also obtained through recycling. These efforts contribute largely to economic efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The goal is to have up to 40% recycled and renewable materials in tires by 2030 and 100% by 2050.