- Car using seats and floor mats made from Econyl.

Next generation JLR cars to have interior trims from waste material!

No expensive leather on the high-tech luxury cars.

4w ago


While we are all vigilant about the alarming rate at which the natural resources are pejorating and there is great deal of awareness aroused by manufacturers, there are a few who are actually going the extra mile to conserve our planet. EVs have played a role of paramount importance but JLR has gone one step further to impudently say that their next generation cars will have interiors built from recycled waste material as part of their sustainability drive. This means no high quality leather and maybe the new car aroma might be manipulated too.

But is it actually all that appalling? Not really. A material called Econyl which is made out of waste plastics including recycled industrial materials, fabric offcut from textile industry and fishing nets left to be dumped haphazardly will all constitute the major chunk of trims for the interior. However, I also think a costly and time-consuming affair of expiation of these materials will have to be conducted prior to direct use in cars.

Porsche Taycan using sustainable bits to make up the interior.

Porsche Taycan using sustainable bits to make up the interior.

The British company is in collaboration with Italian fibre and Polymer Giant Aquafil which might build Econyl for JLR's cars. The cars will be using floor mats and interior trims using this material.

The object has already found application in watchmaking and fashion apart from being used extensively in interior design. Some automotive manufacturers have already given nod to the idea such as BMW which first used it in its pint-sized electric hatch, the i3. Volvo soon embarked on the burgeoning bandwagon and used it in its V90 Cross Country estate. This was then followed recently by Porsche in its Taycan and Mercedes-Benz in its luxobarge, the S-Class that debuted recently.

BMW i3 making great use of recycled materials.

BMW i3 making great use of recycled materials.

JLR and Aquafil report that reclaimed fibre over synthesized nylon retains the plush feeling of the interior and is also 90 percent less dangerous than the use of conventional materials for trims. By products of Econyl such as non-nylon, metallic materials such as copper sulphate of discarded fishing nets are removed and sent for recycling. A big merit of this substance over leather is that it is not prone to abrasion. So in case you have been wary of the leather in your car vilipending in its tautness over time, you can give this material a predilection over leather and even fabric if that looks too passé. Hence, you wouldn't have to cosset the interior trim anymore. Doing a Cost-Benefit analysis, we can also presume that it would be a tad cheaper to produce this material against leather. This means that the car prices can also plummet drastically.

Finally, the S-Class too uses it.

Finally, the S-Class too uses it.

Sounds like a good thought from JLR or you strongly condemn the idea?

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Comments (9)

  • Very wise move there👍

      1 month ago
  • that is very good

      30 days ago
  • I have no problem but it's just stupid,recycling also takes a lot of energy.

      1 month ago
    • But it would consume lot lesser energy than the rate at which industries are extracting materials from the natural resources.

        30 days ago
    • hmm... depends on how sincere they are really about sustainability.

        30 days ago
  • Great. Innovation is good. Let's see how well these products hold up over time. Probably better.

    The reason they do not use ore recycled plastics is because it retains the smell of whatever was in it such as spoiled milk. That's why it is most often used as decking, park benches and play ground equipment.

      29 days ago


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