Did you know that car tyres are unseen mega polluters? They’re apparently a stealthy source of microplastics in our environment, which emit powdery particles as they’re worn down on roads. In fact, car tyre dust is now a major source of microplastic waste in our oceans, with one study putting it at 28%.

Lisbon-based creative studio, How & How wanted to do something about it by raising awareness of this ‘Deadly Dust’ and crafting a whole campaign around the very subject.

“It had to have an ethereal quality: one of gentle, delicate horror,” explains How & How founder, Cat How. “We used ‘pop gothic’ colour gradients, fine keylines and dusty textures into chapters describing a journey. But not of a car on the open road: rather what happens to its wheels after it has stopped.”

Of course, car tyre particles have been found in all four corners of the Earth – so How & How designed a graphic device based on a globe, whose latitudinal and longitudinal lines rotate to form four wheels. “We wanted to show that what goes around, gets around too,” adds Cat.

“From a campaign perspective, the project was problematic as it had multiple messages, dense
statistical data and (until recently) no obvious call-to-action. Awareness of car tyre pollution
is low, and currently, there is no alternative for tyres. In fact, some of the worst offenders are
electric cars whose extra weight means tyre wear is high. We knew we couldn’t simply ask
people not to use their cars, and even less so their electric ones.”

Until that is, a solution presented itself. How & How has recently partnered with The Tyre Collective to raise awareness of its new electrostatic product – something that will address the issue of deadly car tyre dust in future.

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