In order to do our part in contributing to a healthier environment, Rubber-Cal makes it a priority to offer products made using recycled rubber material, especially when this means passing savings on to our customers. But where do we get all of our recycled rubber? The vast majority of recycled rubber comes from plentiful sources of “used” rubber such as car tires. As a result, our recycled rubber sheets inherit some of the traits that belonged to the tires they are made from. If you are looking for an affordable rubber sheet that exhibits excellent durability against both physical and elemental abrasions, you should look no further than our recycled rubber rolls.
History of Recycled Rubber
The process of recycling scrap tires was a very important development in modern industry and waste management. It gave rise to the availability of new, affordable recycled rubber products. Typical scrap tire management before 1985 consisted of sending whole tires to landfills for burial. This method of managing unwanted tires was designed to simply collect the tires from retailers and place them onto a pile, since there were no laws restricting how scrap tires could be managed, nor were there any programs seeking to encourage other uses for scrap tires. This led to a lot of tires taking up space that could have been used to decompose biodegradable waste. Huge tire stockpiles can be very harmful to the environment around them. Not only do they create a serious fire hazard, but tire piles can also be prime breeding grounds for harmful organisms.
Is Rubber Eco Friendly?
The history of recycled rubber material tells us that rubber and rubber products are not friends of the environment. What makes rubber so detrimental to the environment is that it is a nonbiodegradable material. This causes rubber to stay out in the environment indefinitely taking up space that can be used for more eco-friendly, biodegradable waste. Instead of being put to use as a recycled rubber sheet, for example, all of this rubber was wasting away extremely slowly and causing harm to the environment. But a huge emphasis is now put on recycling these tires, with more than 95% now become re-used recycled rubber material. Rather than being left to rot slowly, these old vehicle tires are now put back into use, going through the process to recycled rubber products. This process has given rise to a strong environmentally-friendly alternative to synthetic rubbers. These new products are recycled rubber sheets and rolls which provide plenty of benefits to eco-conscious consumers.
How Do You Make Recycled Rubber?
Recycled rubber products are generally made from scrap vehicle tire rubber, as explained above. Since millions of these tires are discarded every year, they are often harvested, or recycled, for their rubber material to be used in various kinds of recycled rubber products. To do this, the tires are shredded down to a fine crumb and glued back together under elevated temperatures, with a polyurethane-based binder. This production process gives recycled rubber products excellent durability and moisture resistance. This is how our recycled rubber sheets are made and it is why recycled rubber sheets exhibit excellent abrasion and weathering qualities.
Properties of Recycled Rubber
Our recycled rubber rolls possess the durability and properties of the tires from which they are sourced. This kind of recycled rubber material is advantageous to customers because they can endure against heavy physical objects and outdoor environmental conditions. Recycled rubber sheets are prized for their enhanced durability against physical objects. The material guards well against repeated impacts, high levels of wear and tear and the weight of heavy equipment. This is primarily why it is great for use in commercial and industrial applications. Like the tires they are made from, recycled rubber products exhibit enhanced levels of resistance against damaging UV rays and moisture. Recycled rubber products are ideal for outdoor application due to its high resistance to weathering and moisture.
What is Recycled Rubber Used For?
While recycled rubber products are great for many uses and settings, they lack the properties of chemical resistance that their synthetic rubber counterparts possess. Recycled rubber sheets can come in the form of rolls, tiles or mats that are versatile enough to be used indoors and outdoors interchangeably. Recycled rubber sheets are not meant to be used in applications that involve oils and chemicals. Exposure to such compounds can damage and degrade recycled rubber material significantly. Despite this drawback, recycled rubber products still have price and environmental advantages over synthetic rubber. Due to their recycled nature, they are more cost-effective alternatives to products made of synthetic rubber. Synthetic elastomers cost more to produce because they are generally meant for specific chemical use. The production of recycled rubber rolls is far less cost-intensive in comparison. As a result, these savings are passed on to customers, who get recycled rubber products at a great price. Additionally, they are eco-friendly products because their production actually takes non-biodegradable waste out of the environment. Recycled rubber sheets allow the consumer to save money while reducing any negative environmental impact.
Rubber-Cal lives up to its commitment to keeping the environment clean and healthy by offering recycled rubber products to consumers for their commercial and industrial needs. It is now possible to have the physical and environmental durability of vehicle tires in the form of rolled sheets. Although they are not meant for oil and chemical applications, recycled rubber products can endure heavy physical impacts and resist the effects of UV rays and moisture. Now that recycled rubber products are readily available on the market, discover how Rubber-Cal’s line of recycled rubber sheets can provide you with this durable material at affordable rates.