On April 28, 2021, EFG Polymers – a manufacturer of engineered elastomers from the United States – announced that it became completely sustainable.

EFG Polymers as a resource recovery company achieved over 100% sustainability by re-engineering rubber waste and producing new valuable elastomers with no emissions, waste, or by-products. Reusing thermoset rubber waste and returning the resources to new rubber products reduces the collective dependence on virgin resources and can assist the vital rubber industry in improving its sustainability.

To learn more about EFG Polymers’ sustainability efforts, please proceed here.

Mr. Elroy Fimrite, President and CEO of EFG Polymers said the materials contained in waste rubber retain most of their chemical and physical properties. “We must recover these polymeric resources, preserve their properties, and reduce our dependence on virgin materials, much of which comes from non-renewable resources,” he said.

Manufacturing process at the EFG's facility in Texas. | Photos by EFG Polymers.

EFG Polymers applauds these objectives, while also recognizing the challenges many companies face. Over the past few decades, gifted engineers have designed tires to be as indestructible as possible, helping protect users that rely on safe automotive performance. However, this means that tire-makers must balance myriad performance requirements with best manufacturing practices and acceptable economics.

All industries are under pressure from Consumers, Governments and other stakeholders to improve their sustainability and the rubber industry is no exception. The tire industry giants, Michelin and Bridgestone have stated firm goals; Michelin is accelerating its drive toward 100 percent sustainability, pledging recently that by 2050 all of its tires will be made “entirely from renewable, bio-sourced or otherwise sustainable” materials. Bridgestone, the largest tire manufacturer in the world stated “Bridgestone Tires aims to use 100 percent sustainable materials by 2050.”


EFG's manufacturing process. | Graphics by EFG Polymers.

EFG Polymers is committed to eventually ending the landfilling of rubber waste and eliminating the usage of tire-derived fuel. The mission is to recover and reuse all rubber product resources over and over again, creating meaningful sustainability. The company invites rubber industry stakeholders and regulators to join in the EFG Polymers rubber sustainability revolution.

About EFG Polymers

Exploiting its proprietary technologies, EFG Polymers produces SBE (Styrene Butadiene Elastomers) that are over 85% recovered materials from post-consumer and post-industrial thermoset rubber. EFG recovers the polymeric resources and restores elastomeric properties, engineering a variety of new materials with excellent properties, consistency, and economic advantages. Their new class of elastomers provides these benefits — along with improved sustainability — to multiple market applications, including new tire manufacturing.

Press release by EFG Polymers.