With designers trying to address the climate change issues, the design field is experiencing a shifting trend, with more products designed in environment-friendly ways to make a change. The Tyre Collective has come up with a unique initiative to deal with the second-largest micro-plastic pollutant in our environment.
The Tyre Collective aims to mitigate emissions by capturing it at the source and preventing its entry into our environment. According to data, half a million ton of tyre particles are produced annually in Europe alone, from vehicles accelerating, braking and cornering. Even though many people around the world, have realized the effects of climate change, and the big role vehicles play in worsening it, the truth about these particles from tyres that become airborne are not realized by most of us.
The Tyre Collective uses high-end technology that uses electrostatics to capture tyre wear right at the wheel. The device is positioned close to where the tyre and road comes in contact, taking advantage of various air flows around a spinning wheel. The particles are gathered in a removable storage unit, and can be further processed to be reused, thus creating a closed-loop system.
Apart from new tyre production, these particles can also be used for 3d printing, soundproofing and in ink and dyes. In 2019 the UK Department for Transport and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a call for action on tyre emissions. The Tyre Collective aims to bring more attention to tyre wear, and providing a solution for all vehicles, worldwide. With their product, the world can take another step ahead, in the move to slow down climate change.
The Tyre Collective is led by MSc and MA students; Siobhan Anderson, Hanson Cheng, Deepak Mallya, and Hugo Richardson alongside their advisor Professor Robert Shorten in the Innovation Design Engineering programme at Imperial College London and Royal College of Art. Project supported by InnovationRCA.