The quality and performance of modern retreaded tires can meet or exceed new tires. Many people think the strips of delaminated tire on the road are from retreads, but they are just as likely to be from new tires as retreads. The donor tires used for retreading go through an extensive quality inspection process so that only the best materials go into the tire. Then the tires are remolded using the same processes, equipment, and tools as a new tire. These are not the retreads from the 1950s that your parents or grandparents complained about.
Though it’s something people don’t often consider, retreaded tires are an environmentally friendly product. They have one of the highest recycled content percentages among recycled products, and use 30% less energy and 30% less oil than a new tire to produce. Retreading also means an old tire doesn’t end up in a landfill and a new tire doesn’t need to be made to replace it. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Run Retreads!