Are you #tyredofmicroplastics? We have excellent news!
Abrasion will be included in the EU tyre label as a result of negotiations between the European institutions - a pioneering first step towards addressing microplastics released from tyre wear and tear.
This is a success for ECOS and environmental groups from Rethink Plastic alliance and the wider Break Free From Plastic movement, who had called for the inclusion of this parameter in the label as a way of steering consumers towards tyres that shed less microplastic. This will help address the biggest land-based source of microplastic emissions and stimulate innovation in tyre design and treading.
To make all of this possible, the European Commission will need to request the development of standardised methods to measure tyre abrasion, which, we strongly believe, should be done as soon as possible.
It is important to remember that these are just first steps in tackling this major source of microplastics pollution. Tyre wear and micro-rubber particle emissions require a consolidated response from all relevant stakeholders, including tyre manufacturers, road surface producers, municipalities, waste-water treatment plants, and consumer and healthcare NGOs.
It is high time for both the EU and relevant national authorities to adopt a set of coordinated policy measures, so that we can safely say that we are no longer #tyredofmicroplastics!