Jaguar Land Rover to start using recycled products for interiors
The next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will now feature floor mats and trims made with ECONYL fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and ghost nets abandoned in the ocean.
This is just another step in Jaguar Land Rover's Destination Zero Mission, emphasizing the company's commitment to designing sustainable luxury interiors using responsibly sourced and recycled materials, helping to make environments safer and cleaner while offering customers a premium, sustainable option.
The ECONYL regenerated nylon, created by Aquafil - a global leader in the synthetic fibers industry, has already been used by high-end fashion, sportswear and luxury watch brands to create fashion items such as handbags, backpacks, swimwear and watch straps.
The nylon waste is collected by Aquafil from all over the world. In a single year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tonnes of waste. Aquafil's recycling process reduces the global warming impact of nylon by 90 per cent compared with the material produced from oil.
According to the company, for every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tonnes of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.
The nylon waste then goes inside state-of-the-art treatment centers where it is analyzed, treated and prepared to be processed and fed into a chemical plant, where the it is broken to its original raw material using a chemical treatment process known as depolymerization. The raw nylon material is then turned into the yarn known as ECONYL.
The resulting ECONYL regenerated nylon polymer has the same chemical and performance characteristics as raw fossil material, which allows it to be processed into a fiber for carpet and flooring, as well as textiles.
The resulting yarn can then be used to manufacture floor mats for future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles with the goal of being more environmentally conscious and using sustainable materials, all while still providing customers with a premium and hardwearing product.
"Our designers and engineers are committed to developing the next generation of sustainable materials that will feature on future Jaguar and Land Rover models. We place a great deal of focus on the creation of new sustainable materials, using the latest, most innovative techniques and textiles," shares Adrian Iles, Senior Engineer of Interior Systems at Jaguar Land Rover. "Minimizing waste, re-using materials and reducing carbon emissions sits at the heart of our Destination Zero mission. This pioneering materials research is one of the key ways we’ll achieve this and is an integral part of our design offering to our customers."
Earlier this year, the automotive company was certified for the second consecutive year by the Carbon Trust, confirming that business operations across the United Kingdom have met the internationally recognized standard for carbon neutrality, known as PAS 2060. Together, these UK based sites represent around 77 per cent of Jaguar Land Rover’s global vehicle production.
As of now, Land Rover offers a premium Eucalyptus textile interior option on the Range Rover Evoque while Evoque, Range Rover and Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE benefit from optional Kvadrat – a high-quality material that combines durable wool with a suede cloth made from 53 recycled plastic bottles per vehicle.
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