About the Tire Industry Project

Formed in 2005, the Tire Industry Project (TIP) is the tire industry’s primary global forum on sustainability topics. Operating under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we are a voluntary CEO-led initiative that brings together 10 leading tire companies, which represent more than 60 percent of the world’s tire manufacturing capacity.

We aim to be a leading and trusted source of knowledge on the potential human and environmental impacts of tires through their lifecycle. We proactively drive research to where we think it is most relevant and where findings can be most impactful.

Tire Industry Project works on a range of topics relevant to the key stages of the lifecycle of tires; from raw-material sourcing – through manufacturing and use phases – to the management of end-of-life tires. The Tire Industry Project (TIP) working groups contribute to fill knowledge gaps on the potential human and environmental impacts of tires throughout their lifecycle.


We began working on tire and road wear particles (TRWP) in 2005 – the same year that the Tire Industry Project (TIP) was founded – to help answer questions that TIP members were asking about the fate and potential human health and environmental impacts of the particles generated as tires move over road surfaces. There was no existing data to help answer these questions, so we established a TRWP working group to study the potential human health and environmental impacts of tire particles.

Our work continues

Our ongoing research includes:

  • Sampling of TRWP in soil, air, rivers, and oceans

  • Modelling of TRWP fate and transport in soil, air, rivers, and oceans

  • Studying the degradation of TRWP in the environment

  • Investigating any potential impacts of long-term exposure of organisms to TRWP

We take society’s interest in the potential impacts of tires seriously; TRWP research and knowledge sharing is a priority in our science-driven approach toward an ever more sustainable tire industry.

The members of the Tire Industry Project (TIP) (in alphabetical order) are, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho Tire, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo Rubber, Toyo Tires, and Yokohama Rubber.