Volvo sets target for recycled material use in vehicles

Volvo XC60 with recycled plastics

Volvo's ambition is to have "at least" a quarter of the plastics it uses in every newly-launched auto to be made from recycled materials in some way. The topic of plastics waste has been a prominent theme in the news in recent weeks, with this year's World Environment Day focusing on "beating plastics pollution".

"That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realise our ambition".

"We already work with some great, forward-thinking suppliers when it comes to sustainability", said Martina Buchhauser, head of global procurement.

It is made from recycled nylon, including discarded fishing nets recovered from the bottom of the sea. The carpet, for instance, had fibres made from PET plastic bottles, old Volvo vehicle seats were used in sound-absorbing material under the hood, and fishing nets and ropes were used in the tunnel console between the passenger and driver seats.

The Clean Seas campaign, launched in 2017, is meant to raise awareness of what plastic waste is doing to oceans and wildlife.

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As per a report by News18, Volvo's decision to use 25% recycled plastic products is made by roping in plastic producers to recognise this goal and work towards it.

To show off the potential that recycled plastic could have in its future vehicles, Volvo has unveiled a unique version of the XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that has several plastic components that are made from recycled materials.

Volvo wants to set an example with regard to sustainable manufacturing. "This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation". Earlier this year, Volvo committed to eradicating single-use plastics across all its premises and events by the end of 2019 - that's 18 production facilities in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and Australasia.

It also aims to electrify all new cars launched after 2019 and for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025.

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