The Urban Taraxagum bicycle tyre from Continental is impressive on two fronts, says the company. The tyre made from dandelion rubber has won the prestigious Red Dot Design award and was recently awarded the E-Bike Design & Innovation Award in the Sustainability & Green category by the magazine Focus E-Bike (focus.de, March 21, 2020). While the Red Dot Award is awarded for the design of the tread of the tire, which is based on the cell shape of the dandelion, Focus E-Bike has commended the sustainability of rubber extraction from dandelions.
“We are delighted about the two awards,” says Thomas Falke, Head of Continental’s business unit Two-Wheel Tyres. “They reflect the particularly successful design and sustainability of our ‘Urban Taraxagum’ bicycle tyre.” In this way, our unique product made in Korbach is actively contributing to environmentally-friendly mobility and thus to greater sustainability.”
“Our dandelion rubber tyres are an important part of our extensive sustainability activities and of the ambitious goal of making our products and production processes as well as our research and development even more sustainable,” adds Claus Petschick, Head of Sustainability in Continental’s Tyres business area. “Our efforts to cease importing the important rubber material from the tropics, and instead to manufacture it as close as possible to our tire plants, will make a significant contribution.”