The production of tires and the high quality rubber they require can take a tough toll on natural resources. While tire companies are looking at more sustainable solutions when it comes to rubber sources, there is still a question of how to make the most of tires at the end of their use cycle.


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While they may no longer be suitable for their original purpose, well-used rubber tires still have something to offer people getting from point A to point B–especially when point B is a famous natural wonder.

A Softer Walk Through The Wilderness
Perhaps there is no better a setting for recycled tires and sustainably minded initiatives as Yellowstone National Park. Visitors making their way to the park’s most famous points of interest, the Old Faithful geyser, they may notice the ground below their feet feels a bit padded.

That’s because major tire provider, Michelin has established a project that takes 900 used tires and turns them into a 6,400 square foot path through part of Yellowstone. The tires were formerly found on 452 Yellowstone patrol vehicles.

Now as an alternative to cement and asphalt, the recycled rubber walks will help visitors step lightly and stay on path, prevent erosion, and will not leach oil or other contaminates into the ground.

A Friendlier Surface With Other Features
Recycled tires have a lot to offer public spaces, especially as water use and contamination has become an even greater concern. In addition to preventing the leach of oil, Yellowstone’s recycled rubber pathway is porous.

This feature allows rain and ground water to flow and cycle more freely. They’re also much friendlier surfaces for the soles and when one happens to stubble or fall.

Putting A Message Into Practice
Michelin is now the only company to have contributed to Yellowstone National Park’s incorporation of recycled and sustainable infrastructure measures. Toyota had donated over two hundred previously used car batteries to help power remote buildings found throughout Yellowstone.

In addition to putting a message of conservation into practice, the use of these materials and equipment can also amount to considerable cost savings for the Park and good publicity for the companies that have made it possible.

What are your thoughts on Yellowstone’s partnership with Michelin and Toyota for making the most out of previously used goods? Share your input in the comments.

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