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HOW IS THE MOTOR INDUSTRY USING RECYCLED PLASTICS?

31/07/2020

Many big brands in the motor industry are manufacturing their vehicles with recycled plastics in a bid to make their vehicles more sustainable.

Global car brands like Audi and Toyota are still setting goals for the future on how they can make their plastic components even more eco-friendly, but what are some of the changes that they’ve been making?

Audi

Up to 89% of the fabric in the A3 car model is recycled from Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles. The bottles are transformed into yarn and then weaved into fabric to make the vehicle’s upholstery.

The brand has quoted that the seat fabric alone is made up of 45 recycled bottles and the carpets are another 65.

They’ve set to make their seat upholstery made from 100% recyclable plastic in the future. Audi has also said they’re aiming for the entire vehicle upholstery to be made from unmixed materials, so it can be recycled at the end of the cars’ life.

To take their recycling efforts further, the car brand has launched the ‘Audi Environmental Foundation’, an organisation encouraging the reduction of ocean plastics.

Honda

Honda has been recycling their plastic car bumpers for decades now and these are reused in their supply chain to help produce splash and mudguards for other vehicles.

All cars have an easy to recycle, plastic dashboard and any plastic parts weighing more than 5g are marked for easy sorting when they’re eventually recycled.

Alike to many motor companies, including Audi, Honda’s seats are also made from recycled plastic.

Both of these vehicle brands are partners with Autogreen, a rewarding recycling system that ensures cars are efficiently disposed of when they reach the end of their life.

If you’re looking for more information on the sustainability of the plastics we use here at Rayda, contact our team and we’d be happy to discuss with you the benefits of using these eco-friendly materials.

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