You probably had a good idea that cars weren't any good for the environment - unless you’re going to buy a completely battery-powered one. While this is certainly true for some makes and models (naming no names), many car manufacturers are now using recycled plastic such as bottles to reduce their carbon footprint. Auto manufacturing is now less wasteful than before, with car manufacturers using plastic to create seat covers, and even using recycled carpet. Today’s vehicles on average contain 50% plastics by volume - but only 10% by weight. Below, you can learn more about how car manufacturers are using recycled plastic.
Car Manufacturing and Recycled PlasticDid you know… The production process accounts for about 10 to 20% of the carbon dioxide emissions generated during a car's lifetime, but most of the CO2 comes from driving the car after it's purchased?
NissanNissan utilizes plastic fibers made from used bottles as the main component in sound insulation layers in dashboards. They also use plastics recycled from bumpers to create new bumpers, as well as plastics recycled from bottle caps to make new parts for their vehicles. The Nissan Leaf is composed of 25% recycled materials, including plastic bottles for seats, recycled fabric for pads, and reused electrical components. This makes it an even more eco-friendly vehicle choice than most originally thought.
FordFord is extremely environmentally conscious in their manufacturing techniques. This company uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles every year to make plastic parts for its cars, like the underbody skin underneath the Ford vehicles. Each car uses a whopping 250 bottles worth of plastic - 22 plastic water bottles are used to make the fabric for each seat alone. Ford also makes 300 car parts from renewable and sustainable materials, like spent soy, wheat, rice, and agave from Jose Cuervo's tequila production in Mexico. Other materials used include:
- jute (a tough plant fiber)