Jaguar and Land Rover (Whitley, United Kingdom) are designing floor mats and interior trims that incorporate Econyl nylon fiber, which Aquafil (Trentino, Italy) makes from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts, and fishing nets used by farmers and those abandoned in the ocean.
The material has a 90% smaller global warming impact than virgin nylon, the companies say.
Aquafil reports recycling 40,000 mt of recovered material into Econyl each year. It depolymerizes the recovered materials and removes any byproducts, sending them to other industries for recycling. It then turns the raw nylon material into Econyl yarn. Mercedes-Benz (Stuttgart, Germany) reports it’s using Econyl in the floor coverings of its new S-Class full-sized luxury sedans, limousines, and armored vehicles.
Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE vehicle and the Range Rover Evoque compact SUV offer another recycled option to replace their leather seat fabric. The fabric from Kvadrat (Ebeltoft, Denmark) is 30% wool and 70% recycled PET-based polyester. Visit www.econyl.com, www.jaguarlandrover.com, www.mbusa.com, or www.kvadrat.dk.