Volvo has announced that from 2025, 25 percent recycled plastic will be incorporated in its cars. The carmaker showed a one-off XC60 plug-in hybrid built using recycled parts to drive home its point.
The car’s centre tunnel console is made of plastic sourced from discarded fishing nets and ropes. The carpets feature recycled fibre from PET plastic bottles and a cotton mix created by recycling offcuts from clothing manufacturers. PET fibres were used for the seat fabric and material from used car seats was used design the sound-absorbing material that sits under the car’s bonnet.
“Volvo Cars is committed to minimising its global environmental footprint,” said CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment.”