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In a move to support animal welfare, Volvo has announced that all its future all-electric models will no longer use animal-based leathers.

25 Sep 2021 | International News : Sweden

Volvo has announced that all its fully-electric cars, starting with the new C40 Recharge, will now be completely leather-free.

This means that the use of animal leather should be put to an end by 2030 as the firm has already committed to offering only fully-electric cars by that date.

A new material - Nordico - made from recycled and bio-attributed material, will make its debut in the next generation of Volvo models
Instead of leather interior options, Volvo Cars will offer its customers alternatives such as high-quality sustainable materials made from bio-based and recycled sources.

For example, Nordico, a new interior material created by Volvo Cars, will consist of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry - setting a new standard for premium interior design. This material will make its debut in the next generation of Volvo models.

Volvo Cars will also continue to offer wool blend options from suppliers that are certified to source responsibly, as the company looks to ensure full traceability and animal welfare in its wool supply chain.

The company's move towards leather-free interiors is also driven by a concern about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming, including deforestation. Livestock is estimated to be responsible for around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, with the majority coming from cattle farming.

By 2025, the company is aiming for 25% of the material in new Volvo cars to consist of recycled and bio-based content, as it looks to become a fully circular business by 2040. As part of its climate action plans, it also aims for all of its immediate suppliers, including material suppliers, to use 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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