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Plastic Particle Pollution: Caught In Action

by: Yvonne Doff
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Four master's students call themselves the Tyre Collective, from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art designed a tire attachment to reduce transport pollution. 

Plastic Particle Pollution: Tires

The tire attachment is a device that captures microplastic particles from tires once they are emitted. The tire attachment, which won the UK James Dyson award, could decrease the harmful pollution by road transport.

Tires wear out, but why? Every time a vehicle accelerates, brakes or turns a corner, the tires wear due to friction with the road. Thousands of small particles end up in the air. In Europe alone, this results in 500,000 tonnes of plastic tire particles. Worldwide, it is estimated that tire wear is responsible for almost half of the particulate emissions from road transport. After pollution in the ocean, this is the worst microplastic pollutant.

The winning tool is placed on the wheel and uses electrostatics to gather the emitted particles using air currents around a rotating wheel. The prototype collected 60 percent of all tire particles floating in the air, in a controlled environment on a trial installation.

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A Passion For The Environment

The four master's students (Siobhan Anderson, Hanson Cheng, M Deepak Mallya, and Hugo Richardson) said they have a passion for the environment. They use design to have a significant impact on society. "As a team, our strength lies in our diversity," said Hugo Richardson. We all come from different places globally and have a great deal of knowledge in architecture, biomechanics, product design, and mechanical engineering.

Caught In Action

"Normally, tires wear down, but nobody thinks about where it goes." The students were shocked to find out that tire pollution is the worst kind after ocean pollution. At the Tyre Collective, they look at capture tire wear at the source. They recycle the particles and reuse them for new tires or other materials. For example, they printed business cards using ink made of the captured tire dust. They want to create a closed-loop system.


                                        The Tyre Collective - capturing micro-plastic pollution from tire wear

A recent study by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research has shown that more than 200,000 tonnes of small plastic particles are pumped from the roads into the oceans every year. The problem may get more severe if the UK increases the use of electric cars. They are heavier than comparable diesel or petrol models. So, more electric vehicles mean more wear on tires.

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