Ocean and landfill waste may not be the material many would think could become the basis of a luxury car’s interior, but Jaguar Land Rover is looking to dispel that notion and is working with ECONYL nylon to develop high-quality interiors for its vehicles.

The company says that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with ECONYL fibre made from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers and fishing nets.

This commitment to designing sustainable luxury interiors using responsibly sourced and recycled materials is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission, with innovation helping to make environments safer and cleaner while offering customers a premium, sustainable option.

The ECONYL regenerated nylon is created by Aquafil – a global leader in the synthetic fibres industry – and is reclaimed from all over the world. In a single year, the company says it recycles as much as 40,000 tonnes of waste.

The waste is analysed, treated and prepared to feed into a chemical plant, where it is broken to its original raw material using a chemical treatment process, known as depolymerization. The raw nylon material is then turned into the ECONYL yarn.

This regenerated nylon polymer can be processed into a fibre for carpet flooring and textiles.

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (November 2020)

11 November 2020

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