How Have Car Interiors Become Eco-Friendly?

2012-ford-focusAs people are searching for ways to help the environment, electric cars are increasing in popularity. Besides an electric engine, there are other parts of a vehicle that may be better for the environment. Here are some ways that car interiors have become more eco-friendly:


Kenef for Car Interiors


A few years back, Kafus Environmental Industries formed an agreement to develop and produce a natural fiber composite that would be used inside of automobiles. A combination of Kenef and other natural materials was used to create seat backs and door panels for major auto manufacturers. Kenef is a drought-resistant and fast-growing relative of the hibiscus plant that does not require the use of pesticides. The outer fibers of this plant are a perfect alternative to fiberglass.


Ford Eco-Friendly Interiors


Ford Motor Company is going to great lengths to make car interiors eco-friendly. Carol Kordich, lead designer of Sustainable Materials for Ford, claims that the company is dedicated to delivering vehicles with high fuel efficiency and clean technology for interior materials.


Ford chooses to use Repreve as a seat fabric in some of its vehicles. This material is produced from recycled materials. It can be seen in all Ford focus Electric and Fusion models with cloth seating. In their first model years, these vehicles helped to recycle over 2 million plastic bottles.


Toyota Uses Renewable Materials from DuPont


DuPont produces renewable plant-based products for Toyota. DuPont Sorona fiber is used in the Toyota SAI, which is available in Japan. Its used to create carpeting and seat fabric. DuPont Sorona EP Thermoplastic Polymer is also used for the injection molding. The DuPont Hytrel RS Thermoplastic Elastomer is used in the airbag system. These DuPont products help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.


High-end Brands Go “Green”


Luxury car manufacturers are also taking steps to make car interiors more environmentally friendly. For example, BMW has stopped using formaldehyde to tan leather. They also use a minimal process to finish wood accents as well. This prevents toxic chemicals from leaking into the atmosphere.


The car industry is taking great strides to create a vehicle that is eco-friendly. The above examples are just a few ways that car manufacturers are changing interiors to be better for the environment. Before long, it may be possible to own a car that is made completely from renewable resources.