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Postby Influencer » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:24 pm

Have spent the last few weeks chasing up the other tyre manufacturers. Who all do use animal grade. Spoke to Mark Gibson today, to double check(as they are the only one-and to see if he hadn't made a mistake) He confirmed he had double checked with his Head Office in Germany and this was defnatley the case.

Mark Gibson is available on 01782-402000.
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Postby thestoatyone » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:27 pm

Seems pretty unequivocal, good work mate.
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Postby Influencer » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:32 pm

Going to have a chat with Vegan Society as I said. Going to ask them to write back to the other Tyre manufacturers informing them of what Michelin do and ask if they will look at the non animal grade for their Stearic Acid. Explaining the benefit of potential customers
from the ever increasing Vegan community etc.
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Postby fredrikw » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:05 pm

Good work, and as you say a good example how a little bit of internet activism can be really useful.
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Postby XkillerX » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:54 pm

Recently bought a set of Michelin Energys, no more guilt trips for that purchase! :D
Next time, I'll spend the money on drugs instead.
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Postby ultra_whippet » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:08 pm

Great work Influencer - Michelins also last longer than just about anything else, so that's a double bonus :)
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Postby bob_summers » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:33 pm

good work fella. i assume the enquiry/response was about automotive tyres - i wonder if the 'ingredients' extend to the pushbike tyres they make (i use michelin pro-3's)...
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Postby Gelert » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:37 pm

Good work.

Just noticed a tyre on the wagon needs replacing soonish, will be asking for Michelin tyres.
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Postby Influencer » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:38 pm

Yes. The same ingrediants are used accross the range. The range includes. Cars. 4x4's. Vans. Motorcycles and Bicycles.
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Postby fredrikw » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:48 pm

I'm lazy, so it would be great if you could post the email you sent as well. :)
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Postby Arbela » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:48 pm

:) *thumbs up*
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Postby Influencer » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:10 pm

The correspondance to all the tyres manufacturers was done on their individual websites on the enquries/customer requests section. This generates a email response. The exact wording to all was as follows.

I'm doing some research into your tyres ingrediants. Can you tell me whether the Stearic Acid used in the Production process is food grade/vegetable derived or is it non food/ animal derived.

All replies were then followed up with- Are there any other animal derived ingrediants used in your tyres or the Production process.

To question 1- only Michelin answered 'no'- as in posted email.
To question 2- all answered no. (Apart from continental, who got snotty and refused to answer any more questions)
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Postby Influencer » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:25 pm

Apologies- Question 1 saw all answer ' animal derived/food grade.' Apart from Michelin who replied no animal products-as per enclosed posted email.
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Postby fredrikw » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:47 pm

cool, thanks.

one question though, I guess I don't know my stearic acids, but are all animal derived also non-food grade?
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Postby Influencer » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:58 pm

Don't know. Some replied- simply Animal derived. Some also replied animal derived/non food.
Non chose to answer- just 'non food'
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