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January 17, 2020 Friday 10:58:40 AM IST

Floor Mats from Recycled Tyres

Science Innovations

An entrepreneurial academic from The University of Manchester has found a new method to recycle used tyres. The new technology involves converting it into a graphene enhanced product - hexagon-shaped SapceMat. It can be interlocked to cover any desired floor area.  They can be used at the entrances of homes, offices, public and industrial buildings, as well as wider applications such as anti-fatigue or anti-slip coverings in areas like workplaces, gyms, playgrounds and swimming pools. Dr Vivek Koncherry who has developed the product has launched a company called SpaceBlue Ltd that aims to recycle waster tyres by converting them into attractive and extremely hard wearing floor mats that are enhanced with tiny amounts of graphene. UK exports several thousand tonnes of used rubber especially to developing nations like India where they are destroyed by burning which significantly increases air pollution.