Taking care of a car is expensive, especially in the current climate. But by using retreaded tires, you can save money and the planet.
By purchasing retreaded tires, you cut down on the natural resources and energy that goes into producing new tires.
Used tires can be unsafe because the tread has been worn away. Retreads are especially selected tires that go through a series of inspection and treatment processes before a final retreaded tire is produced and deemed safe enough to be sold.
Although retreads are not popular for mainstream use on private vehicles, commercial outfits and corporations, like bus and trucking companies routinely use retreads on their vehicles to save money.
Retreaded tires use significantly less oil to produce, so they cost a lot less money to make. Not only that, but tires can often be retreaded multiple times, until they are deemed to be in too bad of shape for retreading, meaning that the potential to save money also multiplies.
In terms of saving the environment, there are also multiple benefits to using retreads. A medium sized truck tire typically takes about 22 gallons of oil to produce, whereas a retreaded medium sized truck tire takes about 7-8 gallons of oil to produce, a significant difference. In addition, retreading tires keeps tires out of landfills as well as reduces the amount of rubber used to produce tires. Once a tire is past the point of being retreaded, it can be recycled into other materials, like the barriers used in natural disaster areas. The recycled retread can sustain more pressure than materials that are traditionally used for the same purpose.
Retread tires may still be more difficult to find than traditional tires, although they have been used commercially for years. Explore sites like retread.org and epa.gov to find out more about retreads and where to locate them.