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Thu December 19 12:33 pm 2019 in category Product news

Nokian Tyres is the first tire manufacturer to offer “greener” tire bags – up to 68 tonnes less CO2 emissions

Nokian Tyres is changing its tire bags to more environmentally friendly ones. Producing bags partially from biomaterial reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 75% compared to making bags from virgin or recycled plastic.

“As a group, we want to be the industry forerunner in sustainability and to consider the issues involved throughout the life cycle of a tire, from raw materials and manufacturing to the proper recycling of tires. Producing tire bags from more environmentally friendly materials is part of this,” says Marko Mäkelä, Head of Sales at Nokian Tyres in Finland. 


About 40,000 kg of plastic have been used per year for Nokian Tyres' tire bags in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The production of the newly introduced Green PE + LDPE tire bags produces about 20.02 tonnes of carbon dioxide, while the production of bags from virgin plastic produces about 88 tonnes and from recycled plastics about 44 tonnes. 


“I’m Green” label indicates more environmentally friendly raw materials 

Using bio-based sugarcane ethylene as a one of the raw materials has enabled the reduction of emissions.Sugarcane has already absorbed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during its growth phase, thus reducing the final emissions from the production of the bags. 

Tire bags have been granted the “I’m Green” label for their environmental friendliness. Nokian Tyres is the first tire manufacturer in the world to offer tire bags carrying the label. 


The “I’m Green” label is the property of the petrochemical company Braskem and its use is strictly controlled and regulated. To qualify for the label, more than 50% of the raw materials in the product recipe must be Green PE. Of the bags that Nokian Tyres uses, Green PE accounts for 55 percent of raw materials.


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Further information:

Nokian Tyres plc

Zuzana Seidl, PR Manager Nokian Tyres CE, 00420 603 578 866,

zuzana.seidl@nokiantyres.com

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