Today clever science and engineering people are looking at a whole range of new materials, some of which might really surprise you. For example, did you know that used tomato skins can actually be used to make hoses in engines, or that tequila manufacturer Jose Cuervo is supplying the discarded agave plant fibres to make bioplastic for car components?
Car mats are a popular area for the use of sustainable materials. Audi and Volkswagen’s sporty brand, Cupra, both use Econyl in their electric models, made from recycled nylon. Mercedes-Benz uses it for the mats in its new S-Class too. Recycled fishing nets are becoming a common element in floor mats too, but some companies are even making them out of pineapple leaves, which fascinatingly can also be used to make fake suede upholstery.