Tire Recycling, A Brief History April 22 2015, 1 Comment
We're taking the day to remind everyone that tire recycling wasn't something that was done on a large scale until recently. In 1990 there were over a billion tires laying in stockpiles across the US which serve as high health and environmental hazards. Since then, significant state-funded cleanup efforts funded by a tire tax, were instated that recycled or cleaned up 90% of these tires by 2013. To date, only two states still have more than 10 million tires in stockpiles, Texas and Colorado.
In the past decade, there's been an renaissance of products made from recycled tires. Scientists and entrepreneurs have figured out how to turn this durable material into fuel, asphalt, playground mulch, house and gymnasium flooring, and of course, Flox Coasters.
It just goes to show what problems can actually be fixed when we're all watching and talking about it. Let's continue the conversation and find more ways to recycle products before they become a problem.
Thank you for helping us create our own little aftermarket for tire recycling. Flox was launched in 2013 and has been able to recycle over 3,000 truck tires to date into urban-chic little coasters.
Cheers to Earth Day!