Lamborghini supports Global Recycling Day, launches upcycled leather product line

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In a recent press release, Automobili Lamborghini announced its support for the Global Recycling Day, an initiative launched by the Global Recycling Foundation in 2018.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When is the Global Recycling Day celebrated?

    It is celeberated every March 18.
  • What line of products will Lamborghini release that supports recycling efforts?

    Lamborghini will release a line of recycled leather goods in cooperation with Cooperativa Cartiera.
  • Like most automotive brands, Lamborghini strives to help ensure that our planet has a future. The House of the Raging Bull was first awarded ISO 14001 certification in 2009 and in the same year a waste upcycling initiative was introduced throughout the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant.

    In 2020, Lamborghini introduced two recycling and upcycling initiatives that have breathed new life into production waste materials, and in 2021, the company recovered 51 percent of all special waste produced during its manufacturing activities.

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    “Leather that does not pass the quality control process is considered to all intents and purposes to be a raw material, as are any offcuts that cannot be used due to their size or the presence of small natural defects. Therefore, they can be given a new life by being transformed into small-customized leather goods. This activity was developed thanks to an agreement with the Cooperativa Cartiera in Marzabotto (near Bologna), which upcycles leather and fabric by-products otherwise destined for landfill,” read Lamborghini’s press release.

    According to the Sant'Agata Bolognese-based automaker, Lamborghini scrupulously adheres to the principles of social inclusion, fine craftsmanship, and environmental sustainability.

    Together, Lamborghini and Cooperativa Cartiera will release the “Upcycled Leather Project,” a collection that will feature four leather goods: a tote bag, a smartphone case, a cardholder, and a key ring. These items will be available at Lamborghini’s website and from Lamborghini dealers.

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    Common to the leather items are the Italian carmaker’s shield logo and the words “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

    In addition, the company uses a significant quantity of carbon fiber composite materials in vehicle production, and since 2020, Lamborghini reclaimed approximately 27 tons of carbon fiber waste that could not be used for other purposes. Lamborghini has been reusing carbon fiber scraps for a number of years in research and development activities. While others have been repurposed as bracelets, some are donated to training organizations such as the Experis Academy in Fornovo di Taro and university associations like Bologna Motorsport, which reuse them for educational purposes during the training of new technicians and engineers.

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    Over the years, Lamborghini has been involved in initiatives, projects, and activities that aim to make the company increasingly green. The holistic vision and all-embracing approach apply throughout an area of 160,000 square meters that has been certified CO2 neutral since 2015. This has remained the case even after the production site doubled in size in recent years.

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