Volvo says its cars will be leather-free and largely vegan-friendly by the end of the decade
BMW isn’t the only one doing its bit for the environment – Swedish automaker Volvo has announced that it will stop using leather upholstery in its vehicles from 2030 as part of an “ethical stand for animal welfare”.
Volvo has already committed to selling all-electric vehicles by the end of the decade and is now saying its cars will be leather-free and largely vegan-friendly too. It will use bio-based and recycled materials whenever possible after an increasing number of its customers have found they want sustainably sourced products.
The trend towards leather-free interiors is also being driven by concerns about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming – with farm animals responsible for about 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities.
The all-electric model C40 Recharge is already leather-free, and Volvo is considering materials like Nordico, a leather substitute made from recycled plastic bottles, organic certified material from sustainable forestry in Sweden and Finland, and recycled corks from the wine industry.
“As a progressive automaker, we need to address all areas of sustainability, not just carbon emissions,” said Stuart Templar, director of global sustainability at Volvo Cars. “Responsible sourcing is an important part of this work, including respect for animal welfare.
“Eliminating leather in our all-electric cars is a good next step in tackling this problem.”