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Did you know that tires can be made from dandelions?

It’s actually not even new technology. The Soviet Union used to use the perennial plants to make rubber and now a tire company in Germany wants to do this too. The company partnered with a university to find the best species and they found them in Kazakhstan.

The company has begun to make these tires for bicycles and they won the German Sustainability Award this year. A car version is called the taraxacum, for the species of dandelion used.

Note: dandelions are not weeds. We cultivated ours this weekend and made a tincture from the roots. Modern thinking on the matter is that there are no such thing as “weeds.” May we suggest that you look into the “New Naturalism” movement before you break your back “weeding”?


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