Swedish carmaker Volvo said on Thursday that its vehicle range will go leather-free or ‘vegan-friendly’ by 2030, offering instead bio-based and recycled materials to a customer base that increasingly wants sustainably sourced products. “We’ve got a new
Author: Reuters
Published: 2021-09-23 02:48 pm
Volvo cars to be ‘vegan  friendly’ and leather-free by 2030
nypost.com

 Swedish carmaker Volvo said on Thursday that its vehicle range will go leather-free or ‘vegan-friendly’ by 2030, offering instead bio-based and recycled materials to a customer base that increasingly wants sustainably sourced products.

“We’ve got a new generation of customers coming through, they’re far more interested in the products they buy and having an ethical story behind them,” Robin Page, Volvo’s head of design, told Reuters. “They want to understand where the materials come from.”

Volvo said the shift recognizes customer concerns over animal welfare issues in the leather industry and the environmental impacts of cattle farming.

It also coincides with the sustainable aspirations of Volvo’s plan to offer an all-electric car lineup by 2030.

Volvo’s current all-electric C40 Recharge model is already leather-free, and the company is exploring using materials such as Nordico – made from forestry byproducts, recycled corks and plastic bottles – that head of design Page said has the same “softness and warmth” as leather.

(image)
Volvo’s move to be “vegan friendly” by 2030 coincides with its decision to offer an all-electric car lineup, like its XC40 Recharge EV, by 2030.
AFP via Getty Images

“For someone who loves leather but is aware of the negative effects of leather on the environment, this is a good, modern way to capture the properties but is the right material for the future,” Page said.

The carmaker also aims to use recycled polyester to cut its carbon footprint and linen from flax plants grown in Sweden in between crops, which replenishes the soil. Volvo will also use flax fibers for door panels.

“Consumers are not just focused on the sustainability of the end product but also the material that goes into it, including the sourcing” said Stuart Templar, Volvo’s director of global sustainability.

Read Full Story

4-year-old girl finds dinosaur footprint on walk with dad

nypost.com - 9 months ago
A dinosaur footprint dating back 220 million years was found by a 4-year-old on a beach in Wales. Lily Wilder found the well-preserved footprint earlier this month at Bendricks Bay, and scientists say it could help them understand how dinosaurs walked.
Read More

China nixes Antony Blinken climate appeal over Uighur genocide claims

nypost.com - 9 months ago
WASHINGTON — China’s Communist government smacked-down Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s appeals to work together on climate change after he said he agreed that the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighur Muslims amounted to “genocide.” In a new
Read More

Illinois mom left sons home alone to give massage, cops say

nypost.com - 8 months ago
An Illinois mom who works as a massage therapist left her two young sons home alone while she gave an out-of-state client a rubdown, police said. Adriana Oray, 27, of Joliet, was charged Wednesday with endangering the health or life of a child after polic
Read More

Deadly suicide attack rocks central Baghdad, first in 3 years

nypost.com - 9 months ago
BAGHDAD – Two men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of Islamic State. Reuters
Read More