Volvo Cars have announced that it is phasing out the use of leather in all all-electric vehicles, starting with the C40 Recharge. The manufacturer explains this decision by the fact that it adheres to "ethical principles of animal welfare."
It is worth recalling that by 2030 the company plans to offer only fully electric cars, that is, it will completely abandon the use of leather in car trim.
To move away from the use of leather, Volvo Cars is “actively working” to find sources of high quality, environmentally friendly materials currently used in the automotive industry.
The company aims to have 25% of the materials in new Volvo cars from recyclable and bio-based materials by 2025.
The company's push to ditch leather in interiors is also driven by concerns about the negative environmental impacts of animal husbandry, including deforestation. It is estimated that animal husbandry accounts for about 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, with the majority coming from cattle breeding.
Instead of leather upholstery, Volvo Cars will offer its customers alternatives such as high-quality, sustainable materials from biological and recycled sources.
For example, Nordico, a new interior material created by Volvo Cars, will consist of "textiles made from recycled material such as plastic bottles, biomaterials from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and recycled wine corks." This material will debut in the next generation of Volvo models.