Talking Tires

Construction by: Walking Mountains
Sponsor: Alpine Bank

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This booth was built by the Walking Mountains Sustainability team and inspired by tires and our work in Climate Action and Sustainability. Did you know: Tires shed tiny pieces of plastic as they wear down, accounting for about 10 percent of the microscopic pieces of pollutant found in the sea? Tires are scrapped at a rate of 1.1 tire/person/year leading to over 300 million tires scrapped per year. Fortunately, tires are 100% recyclable! The high quality of steel and rubber found in tires are easily reintegrated into the tire manufacturing process. Tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and when not disposed of properly can contribute to illness. Tires have the potential for tire fires which produce acid smoke harmful to humans and the environment. On average, the U.S. can save a gallon of oil for every tire produced incorporating 10% recycled rubber. On average, for every pound of recycled rubber used as an alternative to synthetic rubber, the U.S. will prevent a pound of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The bottom line? Be sure to properly dispose of your tires! Or, find fun ways to reuse them!