The Audi A3 Made of Bottles: How the German Company Sews a Plastic Upholstery

The new Audi A3 features upholstery materials made of recycled plastic bottles.

Audi has published photos of the new-generation A3’s interior. The pictures show seat upholstery made of recycled plastic bottles. In general, thanks to one Audi A3, there will be less than a hundred used bottles in the world. Approximately 45 bottles will be spent on fabric production for seat upholstery and another 60 for floor covering. In total, the A3’s interior contains up to 89% of recycled textiles. According to the company, the material quality is not inferior to the traditional ones.

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The process of converting a commonly discarded plastic bottle into a raw material for recycling begins with sorting by color, size, and quality. Then, they are crushed into flakes, washed, dried and melted, forming plastic strands. After drying, the strands are crushed again, turning into granules for making threads. These threads are used to make textiles, in this case. Also, recycled plastic bottles serve as raw materials for fashion bags, clothing, and even jewelry.

For now, Audi plans to offer two color interior schemes: steel with yellow stitching, and black and gray with gray stitching. In the future, combinations with black and red colors will also be available.

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The A3 features recycled materials used for noise insulation, luggage compartment decoration, and other elements. The ultimate goal of the company is 100% utilization of recycled plastic for interior design.

The official world premiere of the new-generation Audi A3 will take place on March 3 in Geneva. Audi will present its new hatchback first. The A3 in the sedan body will be shown later.

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