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Volvo has Decided to Ditch Leather for its Electric Vehicles

Volvo announced that all its new fully-electric vehicles will have assembly lines that will be completely leather-free. The company made this announcement that it is doing so the company is taking both a stand against animal cruelty and a step toward fighting climate change. The company plans to switch to a wool blend interior.The automaker is owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and has committed to making its entire fleet of vehicles completely vegan-friendly by the end of the decade, when it plans to sell only fully electric cars.

Robin page, head of Volvo said that the company has got new generation buyers and they are interested in buying products with ethical value. The buyers understand where the materials come from. The company not only stopped the usage of cattle hides for its interiors but also planned to phase out some beef production as well.

Volvo made a statement in the press release that the company’s move towards leather-free interiors is also driven by a concern about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming, including deforestation. The company also added that livestock is estimated to be responsible for around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, with the majority coming from cattle farming. Stuart Templar Volvo director of global sustainability said as a progressive car maker means we need to address all areas of sustainability, not just CO2 emissions.

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