Volvo turning the tide on plastic

22 Juin, 2018, 15:46 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Volvo XC60 with recycled plastics

Volvo has pledged to use 25% recycled plastic in all of its cars from 2025 in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of its production.

The carpet, for instance, had fibres made from PET plastic bottles, old Volvo vehicle seats were used in sound-absorbing material under the bonnet and fishing nets and ropes were used in the tunnel console - between the passenger and driver seats. Additionally, the carpet features fibers from PET plastic bottles and recycled cotton mix that comes from the offcuts of clothing manufacturers.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars, said: "Volvo is committed to minimising its global environmental footprint".

Volvo has decided it is aiming to have at least 25 per cent of the plastics in every newly launched Volvo created from recycled plastics by 2025. The brand is also urging suppliers to work more closely with automotive brands to develop sustainable components, especially those that use recycled plastics.

At least 25 percent of the plastics used in new Volvo auto models from 2025 will be made from recycled materials.

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"We need to see a situation in which plastic waste begins to have more value and the processes to transform it into something new will also advance", he said.

Premiere of "redesigned" Volvo XC60 took place at the world summit on the oceans of the world, which took place during one of the stops round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg.

Erik Solheim, the head of United Nations Environment, said: "Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic is vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution". Some of the components in this model has been replaced with recycled plastic materials. It represents another demonstration of Volvo Cars' commitment towards reducing its impact on the environment across all operations and products.

Volvo XC60 Central tunnel made from recycled fibers. The plans build on a recent announcement to eliminate single-use plastics at all Volvo events and offices by next year.

In addition, Volvo bas announced a commitment to electrify all new vehicles launched after 2019, with EVs to account for all Volvo sales by 2025.

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