Typically, when we think of “green” products, we only think of organically produced products that have grown from the ground, naturally. While this is true, the “green” label carries a meaning that is far deeper than that.
In fact, many recycled rubber products deserve the “green” label because they have longer life cycles, even if the raw materials don’t come from sustainable sources.
Recycled rubber is considered to be, for the most part, obtained from ground up discarded tires which are either left to be discarded or wasted. These tire crumbs can be produced in a variety of mesh sizes to accommodate uses in various applications. Sustaining the production of this kind of rubber eliminates the environmental risk and the build-up of waste in landfills. It can be manufactured at a low cost in comparison and with low energy requirements. Therefore, it is the most economical of all rubber options.
Most recently, industries using recycled products have sprouted a vast number of new applications such as rubber floorings, playground safety products, rubber mulch, shoes, highway safety barriers, speed bumps, and even molded recycled rubber sheets that compete with traditional vulcanized virgin sheet goods.
This has set the precedent to lead the production of less expensive and rather sustainable, yet durable products that benefit all aspects of the business including cost, community, consumers and the environment.
Although Reclaimed rubber is similar to Recycled rubber, it would require a process involving de-vulcanization and re-vulcanization to create products similar to their petroleum based ancestors. Vulcanization involves the addition of the element of sulfur to the rubber itself which would alter it and create strong and sustainable bonds. These bonds are “cross-linked” and are responsible for strengthening the base material.
De-vulcanization involves the destruction of these bonds to extract the materials from the compound and therefore bring the rubber back to a more pliable state. The base material is vulcanized once more and then processed into sheets of rubber which are ideal for a wide variety of applications which rely on the use of any kinds of rubber.
Through this process, we are able to drastically extend the life of these rubber products allowing for a sustainable future we’re all seeking.
Recycled and Reclaimed Products
We’re proud to offer you green products that can be added to your formulas as replacements, fillers or process aids.
Butyl reclaimed rubber is produced when Butyl scrap rubber is put through a rigorous, multi-step production process. This includes sorting, crumbing, de-polymerization, refining, testing and packaging. Our manufacturers use this product in their formulas to reduce the amount of virgin material needed and to reduce their carbon footprint.
Whole Tire reclaimed rubber is produced when the entire rubber tire is put through a rigorous, multi-step production process. This includes sorting, crumbing, de-polymerization, refining, testing and packaging. Our manufacturers use this material in their formulas to reduce the amount of virgin material needed and to reduce their carbon footprint.
Due to it’s outstanding resistance to ozone and weathering, EPDM has been widely used the automotive and roofing industries. Reclaimed EPDM can be added to formulas to replace virgin material without changing it’s primary properties.
Carbon Black Reclaim
Since carbon black reclaim can compete in both price and quality compared to virgin material, this raw material is regarded as the most successful of all reclaimed material in the auto recycling industry. Extracted from discarded car tires, the supply of carbon black reclaim is virtually endless creating a “green” alternative.
Rubber compounds containing Harmonite® have demonstrated better abrasion resistance, and equal or better hardness, tensile, elongation and volume properties after immersion and heat aging tests – all while reducing formulation costs. Harmonite® is compatible with a number of important elastomeric synthetic rubber monomers and block co-polymers.
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