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Sustainable interior design Alternative materials for non-animal cars

09/22/21
The non-animal car – Volkswagen is opting for alternatives to leather upholstery

Non-animal interior materials made from plastic bottles: Designer Heike Hustedt explains how Volkswagen is optimising the ecological footprint of car interiors. The objective being recycling.

The non-animal car – Volkswagen is opting for alternatives to leather upholstery
Volkswagen has already been using chrome-free leather for 25 years.
Heike Hustedt
Color & Trim designer
The non-animal car – Volkswagen is opting for alternatives to leather upholstery
The leather seats in the Touareg R plug-in hybrid are made from Puglia leather – they are tanned sustainably using extracts from olive leaves.
The non-animal car – Volkswagen is opting for alternatives to leather upholstery
The leather seats in the Touareg R plug-in hybrid are made from Puglia leather – they are tanned sustainably using extracts from olive leaves.
We want to avoid using any animal products whatsoever in our electric cars.
Heike Hustedt
Color & Trim designer
The non-animal car – Volkswagen is opting for alternatives to leather upholstery
Heike Hustedt (r.), Color & Trim Designer
The non-animal car – Volkswagen is opting for alternatives to leather upholstery
Seats made from recycled plastic bottles: 140 1.5-litre plastic bottles, or 380 500-ml bottles are used in the ID.4.