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From using recycled plastics, mushroom leather, and rope door handles, mainstream car manufacturers are going vegan.
Leather and wood have long defined luxury motoring. The richness of the materials has traditionally been embraced as manufacturers infuse prestige into their wares.
But the rush to pack cars with old-style luxury finishes is waning.
Car makers are increasingly turning to recycled and sustainable materials as tastes evolve and the scowl of sustainability targets machines that have been criticised for their environmental impact.
Plastics, too, are evolving to recycled and sustainable alternatives, and the vegan car is a reality as buyers demand more eco-focused rides.
Key to the modern push is sustainability, and many brands have targets to become CO2 neutral.
While Teslas produce no harmful emissions while driving, the company acknowledges the intense carbon emissions used in manufacturing.
From sourcing materials to bending metal and applying paint, there’s plenty of CO2 emitted in creating the world’s most environmentally friendly cars.
But the eco movement goes beyond greenhouse gases.
In 2019 Tesla made its vehicles vegan, removing all animal products from the interior.
The leather is the easy bit – as unconvincing as Tesla’s fake leather is – but sourcing glues without animal products is more of a challenge, one that requires innovative thinking and science.