Jaguar Land Rover to use recycled waste in its next-generation interiors

Floor mats and trims to be made from ECONYL yarns produced using plastic waste

Jaguar Land Rover to use recycled waste in its next-generation interiors

Next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models are to feature interior trim made from recycled industrial plastic, clothing and fishing nets.

Jaguar Land Rover is working with ECONYL nylon to develop the recycled materials.

The nylon waste is reclaimed by Aquafil from all over the world.

The waste is then treated and prepared to feed into a chemical plant, where the nylon waste is broken to its original raw material using a chemical treatment process, known as depolymerization.

The raw nylon material is then turned into the yarn, known as ECONYL.

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Throughout the process, other by-products such as non-nylon, metallic materials or copper sulphate which is used for preventing seagrass growing on fishing nets, are removed and sent to alternative industries for recycling.

The resulting ECONYL regenerated nylon polymer has the same chemical and performance characteristics as raw fossil material, allowing it to be processed into a fibre for carpet flooring and textiles.

The yarn can then be used to manufacture floor mats for future Jaguar and Land Rover models.

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Adrian Iles, senior engineer of interior systems at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our designers and engineers are committed to developing the next generation of sustainable materials that will feature on future Jaguar and Land Rover models.

“We place a great deal of focus on the creation of new sustainable materials, using the latest, most innovative techniques and textiles.

“Minimising waste, re-using materials and reducing carbon emissions sits at the heart of our destination zero mission.

“This pioneering materials research is one of the key ways we’ll achieve this and is an integral part of our design offering to our customers.”

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