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Volvo said it was in talks with plastics producers to achieve its "ambition that from 2025, at least 25 percent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material".
Volvo sold 570 000 cars in 2017, with about five percent of plastics in its cars currently made from recycled materials; it unveiled a test model of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV in Gothenburg, Sweden, that looks identical to the existing car except that some of its plastic parts were made from recycled materials. The carpet, for instance, had fibres made from PET plastic bottles, old Volvo car seats were used in sound-absorbing material under the bonnet and fishing nets and ropes were used in the tunnel console, between the passenger and driver seats.
The United Nations welcomed Volvo's plan; more than eight million tons of plastics end up in the oceans each year, threatening marine life from fish stocks to coral reefs.
"As far as we are aware this is a first â an attempt to source waste as a raw material for a new vehicle," said Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi. "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."]]>https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/volvo-sets-goal-of-25-recycled-plastics-by-2025-15527339" class="resultsource">Independent online (SA) 18 Jun 2018