Volvo says it wants all its cars to be leather-free by 2030
Volvo is one of several automakers looking to change the materials used in its vehicles.
Getty Images Volvo Cars wants all the models it sells to be leather-free by 2030, a move which represents the latest example of how automakers are looking to make their vehicles more sustainable.| NurPhoto | Getty Images
Volvo Cars wants all the models it sells to be leather-free by 2030, a move which represents the latest example of how automakers are looking to make their vehicles more sustainable.
According to the Swedish firm, 25% of all new vehicles will be manufactured from recycled or bio-based materials by 2025.
Nordico is one of its interior materials. It uses textiles made from recycled materials such as polyethylene terephthalate bottle and material from sustainable forests in Sweden, Finland and wine corks.
Although it plans to eliminate leather from its vehicles, it said that it would continue to offer wool blends options from suppliers who have been certified to source responsibly.
In a statement, Stuart Templar, Volvo Cars’ director of global sustainability, said: “Finding products and materials that support animal welfare will be challenging, but that is no reason to avoid this important issue.”
In March, Volvo Cars — which is headquartered in Sweden but owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group — said it planned to become a “fully electric car company” by the year 2030.
“There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” Henrik Green, Volvo Cars’ chief technology officer, said at the time. Green declared that “We are committed to becoming an electrical-only car manufacturer and this transition should occur by 2030.”
Numerous automotive companies have stated plans to equip their cars with other materials. Back in 2019, Elon Musk’s Tesla said the interior of its Model 3 was “100% leather-free.”
Other examples include Porsche — a brand owned by the Volkswagen Group — offering customers a leather-free option for the interior of the Taycan, an all-electric sports car.
Companies from many sectors look at innovative packaging options and delivery methods to reduce their carbon footprint as sustainability concerns mount.
In June, consumer goods giant Unilever said a prototype of what it described as a “paper-based laundry detergent bottle” had been developed for its brand OMO and would be introduced to Brazil by early next year.
Just Eat announced earlier in the month it was working with CLUBZERO for a trial of reusable packaging in London. The experiment will last three months.
Just Eat, along with Notpla, stated that it did in February 2020. developed a “fully recyclable” takeout box lined with seaweed.