BUSINESSDAY – Jaguar Land Rover uses waste to create car interiors
By MOTOR NEWS REPORTER
Recycled materials are being used to good effect by the British marque
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to a new source for creating its luxury vehicle interiors: the oceans and landfill waste sites.
The British carmaker’s future models will feature floor mats and trims made from earth-friendly Econyl fibre. Created by Aquafil, Econyl is fashioned from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry and those abandoned in the ocean — known as “ghost nets”.
Aquafil sources nylon waste from all over the world. In a single year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, with the recycling process reducing the global warming impact of nylon by 90% compared with the material produced from oil. For every 10,000 tons of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.