Jaguar Land Rover will begin manufacturing its interiors from wholly recycled material, in a bid to make the brand more sustainable.
The company's next generation of cars will feature trims and floor mats made from a nylon product known as Econyl fibre, which comprises recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, and used fishing nets.
The material – which came onto the market in 2011 – is already prevalent in the fashion industry and has been used in the BMW i3 since 2016.
Aquafil – The brand producing the fibre – reportedly collects as much as 40,000 tonnes of waste every year, saving 280,000 barrels of crude oil and preventing the release of 26,400 tons of carbon into the atmosphere.
“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,” said JLR’s Senior Engineer of Interior Systems, Adrian Iles.
“Minimising 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.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation of vehicles will be built on the all-encompassing MLA modular architecture.
Earlier this month CarAdvice reported that upcoming fully-electric Range Rover and Jaguar XJ models had been confirmed to shareholders in a private company meeting.