Tyres of the future
A tyre made entirely from natural rubber derived from a desert shrub has been developed by Bridgestone.
The breakthrough using the guayule plant could help to save the rainforests of south east Asia.
Bridgestone says it has set a target of producing all of its tyres entirely from sustainable materials by 2050.
Guayule is a shrub native to the dry regions of the south western United States and northern Mexico and natural rubber is contained in the plant’s barks and roots.
The new tyres were made at the Bridgestone Technical Centre in Japan and used guayule rubber cultivated in Mesa, Arizona in the United States.