Tire Production Can Cause Widespread Deforestation
Approximately 28% of the rubber found in a typical tire is a natural latex rubber that is extracted from rubber trees. In fact, tire production consumes 70% of the natural rubber produced worldwide. Growing demand for natural rubber can cause widespread destruction of rainforests if done unsustainably. This also puts immense pressure on smallholders who produce 85-90% of this unique commodity. Oftentimes, circumstances like these cause human and labour rights violations at rubber farms.