Generally, PET bottles (Made of polyethylene terephthalate) are recycled for various purposes, including for clothes, bags, jewelry in fashion industry, building materials and school projects. In a recent development, Seat upholstery made from secondary raw materials is being used for the first time in the fourth generation of the Audi A3. Up to 89% of the textile used consists of recycled PET bottles, which are transformed into yarn in an elaborate procedure.
As per the press release of webwire, more and more furniture is being made from different waste material such as paper shreds, plastic bottles and wood chippings. Audi is now offering seat upholstery made from recycled material for the new A3 for the first time. This results in fabrics that guarantee the same quality standards in terms of look and feel as conventional textile upholstery. At present, the seat upholstery is not yet made completely of recyclable material.
All in all, up to 45 PET bottles with a capacity of 1.5 liters are used per seating system. On top of this, an additional 62 PET bottles were recycled for the carpet in the new Audi A3. Other components in the interior are also increasingly made of secondary raw materials, e.g. insulating materials and absorbers, the side panel trims of the luggage compartment, the loading floor and the mats. The goal is clear: The percentage of recycled material in the Audi fleet is to rise considerably in the coming years. In the process, the premium brand will continue to offer its customers products with the high level of quality that they are used to, added in press release.