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Volvo: 25% recycled plastics by 2025

Volvo: 25% recycled plastics by 2025”

Volvo Cars also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with vehicle makers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics.

Volvo plans to dramatically increase the green credentials of its cars, promising to use at least 25-percent recycled plastics from 2025.

"Volvo Cars is committed to minimizing its global environmental footprint", president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson, said.

At least 25 percent of the plastics used in new Volvo auto models from 2025 will be from recycled materials, the Chinese-owned company said on Monday in an anti-pollution plan praised by the United Nations. "We need to see a situation in which plastic waste begins to have more value and the processes to transform it into something new will also advance".

Even the seats make use of recycled bottles, while the under-bonnet sound-absorbing material is made of old Volvo seats.

While big brand owners such as P&G and Unilever are making pledges to cut down on the use of virgin plastics, and major high street names such as McDonalds are publicly shunning single-use plastics, it's now time for automotive brands to step up and commit to the plastics circular economy.

Volvo unveiled a special version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV integrating various recycled materials. The race's focus on sustainability is focused on a partnership with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas campaign, which operates on the call to action, "Turn the Tide on Plastic".

"Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic is vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution", says Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.

"This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation", he added.

Volvo sold around 570,000 cars previous year made of around five percent of plastics from recycled materials. As for powertrains, every new Volvo will be electrified in some way from 2019.

In January this year, its engine plant in Skovde, Sweden, became its first climate-neutral facility.



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