Most people think of Jaguar and Land Rover interiors when they think of lots of leather, wood and luxury carpets, according tomedia reports. These may all be likable things, but now it’s 2020, and we should admit that these things aren’t particularly good for the environment. To that end, Jaguar Land Rover announced Tuesday local time that it will use a material called Econyl in future interiors — using recycled plastics from marine debris and other waste — to reduce its carbon footprint by 90 percent.
But some may worry about whether the material shift will bring a premium to future cars, which is not, because the fabric has been used in other industries. It is reported that it has made handbags, backpacks, swimwear and straps for brands such as Breitling.
Aquafil, the company that produces Econyl, is understood to have claimed to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil for every 10,000 tonnes produced.