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British start-up is developing a device to combat pollution caused by tire wear

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Tire wear is a major contributor to polluting microplastics — small particles that are not biodegradable and tend to accumulate in the environment, leaching harmful toxins into the air and our waterways. And although there is no relevant EU regulations yeta London-based startup has developed a device that can capture these particles.

The band collective started as a master project of three former students of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, who founded the startup in 2020. It claims to have developed the very first device that records tire contamination.

The team found that tire particles are charged by friction with the road. Based on that, it developed its patent-pending technology that uses electrostatics and airflow to attract up to 60% of these particles. Once captured, they can be upcycled as a micronized rubber in a variety of applications, such as 3D printing, shoe soles and sound insulation, creating a closed system.