Author: Sergei Kononov

Canadian footwear producer supports poor communities through tire recycling

Toronto-based unique entrepreneurial project – Brave Soles, which is also a part of Social Ventures Zone at Ryerson University – now produces 100 % handmade leather shoes and accessories. Soles of the shoes are made exclusively from scrap tires. The company’s merchandise is manufactured in Dominican Republic. The firm uses a business model that helps to provide micro financing and occupation for displaced garbage dump workers, single moms and entrepreneurs and bring some changes in society. Additionally, Brave Soles works with very poor communities, who are at risk of getting disease transmitted by mosquitos that breed in standing water in...

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How tire recycling supports cryptocurrency mining

An entrepreneurial cryptocurrency mining company has teamed up with the US firm that converts waste tires to energy, to power its cryptocurrency mining computers. PRTI, a tire “thermal demanufacturing” company located in North Carolina, announced an unusual deal with Standard American Mining are running graphics cards-based cryptocurrency mining equipment to get several alternative cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum. To convert waste tires into energy, one heats them to a specific temperature when tires start decomposing. Using tire pyrolysis or thermolysis process helps extract resources such as steel, burnable fuel and carbon black. The extracted fuel serves as the energy source powering turbines...

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AkzoNobel and Black Bear team up to produce powder coatings from used tires

  Tires that have reached the end of the road are being harvested for carbon black and used to produce powder coatings in a new cooperation between AkzoNobel and Dutch company Black Bear Carbon. The Cradle-to-CradleTM certified carbon black (CB) supplied by Black Bear and obtained from end-of-life tires is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. According to the official press release, with this cooperation AkzoNobel not only substitutes carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower CO2 footprint, but also helps to solve the global waste tire problem. “This partnership is a great example of how the supply chain can contribute to CO2 savings,” said André Veneman, AkzoNobel’s Director of Sustainability. “We encourage more suppliers to work with us and collectively contribute to develop more sustainable product solutions.” CEO of Black Bear, Martijn Lopes Cardozo, added: “We are proud to have partnered with AkzoNobel, who are clearly recognized as the leader in sustainable paints and coatings.” Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product as they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and produce virtually no waste. The majority of products supplied through AkzoNobel’s market-leading Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium. “We are pleased to have partnered with an innovative company like Black Bear,” said Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s Chief Technology Officer for Paints and Coatings. “We selected their product based on...

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Chinese waste recycler plans expansion and listing abroad

A Chinese recycling company located in Hebei, Zaige Waste Management Holding Group, targets to raise AUD 20 million (USD 15.14 million) listing on Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) this December. The step is taken to fund the company’s expansion in China due to Beijing’s waste imports crackdown. Zaige’s Executive director, Ford Zheng, said that Zaige will be distinctive from other companies from China if the group trades its shares in Australia. Zaige will become the first waste company based in China listed abroad. Reduction of scrap and waste imports may help the Chinese government renovate and modernize its recycling sector,...

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New tire recycling regulations under development in India

The Government of India is now developing a new game-changing legislation for tire recycling, which will have a lasting effect on the practices of tire manufacturers. The Ministry of Environment and Forest is now reviewing a draft of the law. According to the draft of the new tire management regulations, official waste tire collection and storage centers will be created to provide effective control of tire disposal and recycling. Once submitted, the complete waste tire management plan will include data, such as assessment of quantities and types of tyres soon ending their life cycle, methods of rubber recovery and...

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