BMW and Mini will offer full vegan interiors from next year

BMW and Mini will offer full vegan interiors from next year

Vegan Ingredients | Photo: BMW Group
  • This is an effort to be more environmentally responsible

  • A new material that is 85% less polluting will be used on the steering wheel

  • Only traces of animal products will remain in certain BMW and MINI models

BMW and Mini have just announced that from 2023 some of their cars will be available with 100% vegan interiors, in an effort to combat climate change.

The automobile industry produces a large amount of pollution through its assembly plants and the emissions of its products, but another less obvious source of pollution is its demand for animal products.

Due to the popularity of leather upholstery in new cars, the automotive industry requires large quantities of leather, which in turn requires cattle breeding.

This situation is problematic because this type of agriculture produces a large amount of CO2 and other types of environmental pollution.

To reduce emissions from their cars, BMW and Mini have developed a new material that benefits from the many properties of leather while being more ecological.

This is important because, although the seats and door panels can be upholstered in fabric, the steering wheel needs the wear, abrasion and sweat resistance of the leather to maintain a satisfactory appearance after many years of driving.

The BMW Group claims that replacing the leather with this new material on the steering wheel of its cars will contribute to an 85 percent reduction in CO emissions.2e produced in the supply chain.

According to BMW and Mini, cars with all-vegetable interiors will see the amount of animal products used in their production drop to less than 1%.

The remaining animal-derived substances will be found mainly in adhesives, waxes and paints, and therefore will not come into direct contact with the driver.