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GM Focuses On Sustainability With Tires Made From Natural Rubber

By Brian Spaen

Electric vehicles have been the focus when it comes to the auto industry becoming more sustainable. The clean alternative provides no emissions, and the increase in solar power advancements will only improve this method over time. However, many people may not be thinking about the parts associated with putting the vehicles together. GM is hoping to change the course by using natural rubber tires.

The automaker announced earlier this week that it’ll be working with its tire suppliers to create the wheels from natural rubber. Some of the company’s leading tire manufacturers include Bridgestone, Hankook, Kumho, and Michelin. They also hope this movement will encourage other car and tire manufacturers to do the same.

By committing to sourcing sustainable, natural rubber, GM hopes this move will not only support local farms and small businesses that will make up "85 percent of this material," but also remove some of the world's man made carbon footprint by preserving and restoring primary forests. There would be less “business risk” as the many varieties of synthetic rubber com from non-renewable resources.