Gothenburg, Sweden –Volvo has pledged to stop using leather in all of its vehicles by 2030. This offers the prospect of polyurethanes taking its place in some applications.
The company said: 'As part of its ambitions to go completely leather-free, Volvo Cars is working actively to find high-quality and sustainable sources for many materials currently used in the wider car industry.'
By 2025, Volvo wants 25% of the material used in new cars to be recycled or bio-based, and the business to become fully circular by 2040. Suppliers will have to use 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Volvo said that the move away from leather is caused by the company's concern about the environmental effects of cattle farming and deforestation.
It will start by using leather free upholstery in its next C40 Recharge electric model, and will offer only leather-free, fully electric cars by 2030.