Having spent the last 10-odd years obsessing over what powers the car, automakers are finally investing time, energy and money into something a little less disruptive and just as ‘green’: they want to use recycled stuff to build cars.
Volvo says it wants to reduce the carbon footprint for every car they build by 80% when compared to a 2018 Volvo XC60. And what they mean by that is use different materials that are mostly recycled. Most of the cabin, for example, is made using natural wool and organically sourced composite materials.
The seats and the door panels are made from something called Tencel, a fabric produced with lyocell (=regenerated cellulose) and modal (=like cotton, but greener) fibres.
They’ve also used linen, as well as a brand-new material that Volvo calls Nordico, it has the same consistency as leather but it’s made from a blend of recycled corks and plastic bottles. Pretty cool.
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