, Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? | Global Ideas | DW | 10.03.2021, TheCircularEconomy.com

Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? | Global Ideas | DW | 10.03.2021

, Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? | Global Ideas | DW | 10.03.2021, TheCircularEconomy.comIn 1931, Soviet scientists were on the hunt for a natural source of rubber that would help the USSR become self-sufficient in key materials.  They scoured the vast and various territories of the Soviet Union and tested over 1,000 different species looking for an alternative to the South American rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensi. Eventually, on the steppes of Kazakhstan, they found one.   By 1941, the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum koksaghyz, supplied 30% of the USSR’s rubber.
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