Volvo Driving Plastic Revolution

Posted on Friday, 6 July 2018 by CarTakeBack

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Volvo cars have announced their ambition that from 2025 every new Volvo will be made with at least 25% recycled plastics, showing their commitment to reducing waste and helping the environment.

To kick off this initiative Volvo created a specially-built version of the XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV, which is identical to the existing model, but has had many of its plastic components replaced using recycled materials and renewable fibres. It includes a carpet made of plastic bottles and cotton offcuts from clothing manufacturers, and car seats from old, recycled Volvos are processed into sound absorbing material under the bonnet.

Volvo Clean Seas Logo on Car

The one off XC60 was revealed at the Ocean Summit during the Gothenburg Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, which focused on sustainability and a partnership with the United Nations Environments Clean Seas Campaign, with the call to action "Turn the Tide On Plastic". Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said about the plan: “Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic is vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution”. To aid their efforts Volvo are urging other suppliers and partners to join in investing in plastic recycling.

Showing progress in this area, Volvo also released their new XC40 SUV earlier this year. Integrating plastic waste into their next fleet of cars, a large amount of the XC40's interior is made from recycled materials, such as the door cards, carpet and centre console being made of 97% recycled plastic bottles, and the parcel shelf, pillars and roof lining containing 30% recycled material.

Volvo XC60 Interior

As well as working with recycled materials, Volvo announced in 2017 that all the cars they make will be either hybrid or electric, making them the first major car manufacturer to announce a decision to phase out combustion engines.

We look forward to seeing the future Volvos coming off the production line, much of it could be made from one of our old cars!

Other car makers are investing in sustainable ways to produce their cars too - in 2016 Jaguar Land Rover started working on their project 'REALCAR2', aiming for scrap aluminium to be 75% of the metal used in the production of their new cars.

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