News Analysis

Rubber Flooring: A Good Use for Old Car Tires?

Rubber flooring is getting greener overall, but tire-derived products are still an iffy proposition.

February 9, 2016

The media exploded last year with panic about the use of crumb rubber as infill in artificial turf fields, which are coming under renewed scrutiny due to hints of a link (as yet anecdotal) between these fields and incidents of cancer among young soccer goalies. Few reports have mentioned, though, that this very same material is the main ingredient in certain resilient flooring products—known as tire-derived rubber flooring—that are popular in schools and hospitals.

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