Volvo has announced that it will be going leather-free to take an ethical stand for animal welfare. Starting with the C40 Recharge, the Swedish brand confirms that all new fully electric models will not make use of any animal-based leather.
In the coming years, Volvo confirms that it is working on a suitable material to replace this aspirational trim. The new finish will be sustainable without compromising quality. By 2025, the brand says that it is aiming for 25 per cent of materials on its products to be recycled and bio-based. As part of its climate action plans, it also aims for all its immediate suppliers, including material suppliers, to use 100 per cent renewable energy.
The company’s move towards leather-free interiors is also driven by a concern about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming, including deforestation. Livestock is estimated to be responsible for around 14 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, with the majority coming from cattle farming.
One of the new materials to be introduced into the cabin is Nordico. This has been created by Volvo and uses textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland and corks recycled from the wine industry.
Volvo will also continue to offer wool blend options from suppliers that are certified to source responsibly, as the company looks to ensure full traceability and animal welfare in its wool supply chain.
“Being a progressive car maker means we need to address all areas of sustainability, not just CO2 emissions,” said Stuart Templar, Director of Global Sustainability at Volvo Cars. “Responsible sourcing is an important part of that work, including respect for animal welfare. Going leather-free inside our pure electric cars is a good next step towards addressing this issue.”