In an effort to minimise its global environment footprint, Volvo has announced that by 2025, at least 25% of the plastics used in every new Volvo car will made from recycled material. The brand is also urging suppliers to work more closely with automotive brands to develop sustainable components, especially those that use recycled plastics.

This XC60 T8 you see here may not look very unique but it is actually a showcase of the Swedish carmaker’s ambitions. Despite looking identical to the existing model, many of the SUV’s plastic components have been replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials.

For instance, the centre console is made from renewable fibres and plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes. Meanwhile, the carpet utilises fibres made from PET plastic bottles and a recycled cotton mix from clothing manufacturers’ offcuts, with the former also being used for the car’s seats. Used car seats from old Volvo cars were used to create the sound-absorbing material under the car bonnet.

“Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.

“We already work with some great, forward-thinking suppliers when it comes to sustainability. However, we do need increased availability of recycled plastics if we are to make our ambition a reality. That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realise our ambition,” added Martina Buchhauser, senior vice president of global procurement at Volvo Cars.

The special XC60 was revealed at the Ocean Summit during the Gothenburg Volvo Ocean Race stopover. The race’s focus on sustainability is focused on a partnership with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas campaign, which operates on the call to action, ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’.

Volvo’s green initiative isn’t just limited to making cars either, as it promised to remove single-use plastics from all offices, canteens and events, replacing them with sustainable alternatives, including biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood. This will be done in stages, where by the end of 2018, single-use plastics will be removed from global events such as car launches, as well as from all offices and restaurants in Volvo Cars facilities in China, Belgium, the United States, Sweden and Malaysia.