Volkswagen AG

11/24/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/24/2021 05:20

Seat covers made from plastic bottles, car parts made from rice husks, fillers produced in the sugar refinery: When it comes to sustainable vehicle production, Volkswagen is[...]

Using sustainable materials and handling resources responsibly also play an important role at other Group brands. For example, the seat covers in the Audi A3 are mostly made from recycled plastic bottles. Broadly speaking, the process is as follows: The transparent bottles, which are easier to dye, are cleaned by a plastic recycling company and, without the screw caps, are cut up into tiny flakes in a shredder. This produces the granulate, which a yarn producer uses to spin the polyester fibres, which will become the yarn. Up to 89 percent of the various textile designs for the Audi A3 comes from recycled materials: the textile "Torsion" in the Design Selection and the textile "Puls" in the S line.

For a seat trim, 45 plastic bottles with a capacity of 1.5 litres are used for the textile "Torsion". A further 62 plastic bottles are recycled to make the carpet in the Audi A3. And more and more other interior components are being made from secondary raw materials, such as the insulation and absorbers, the side panel in the boot, the loading floor and the liner mats. The goal is clear: To significantly increase the percentage of recycled materials in the Audi fleet in the coming years. In doing so, the premium brand will continue to provide their customers with the high-quality products they are used to.