Volvo Cars wants all the models it sells to be leather-free from 2025, taking an ethical stand for animal welfare in its fully electric cars. Beginning with the new C40 Recharge, it aims to offer only fully electric cars by 2030.
The company is working actively to search high-quality and sustainable sources like Nordico, made up of textiles extracted from recycled materials, currently used in the wider car industry.
In the next four years, Volvo is aiming for 25 per cent of the material to be recycled and bio-based content. In addition to the goal of ensuring all immediate suppliers use 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.
Volvo's step is also driven by a fact about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming, including deforestation. Livestock is approximated to be accountable for around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, with the majority coming from cattle farming.
The company is also looking to minimize the use of residual products from livestock production, which are commonly used during the production of rubber, adhesives, and lubricants.
However, they will continue to offer wool blend options from suppliers that are certified to source responsibly.