Sustainable automotive textile materials

As the automotive industry gears itself towards a greener future through energy efficiency, low carbon sources of fuels, and even zero-carbon vehicles through EVs, their attention has also turned towards other materials in the vehicle that contribute to a carbon footprint. 

In this context, there is an increasing potential to use renewable and sustainable sources/materials to produce textile materials for the interiors of automobiles. This field holds much promise.


Synthetic fiber professionals

Textile industry sustainability professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

  • The textiles used to upholster a typical vehicle interior could weigh upto 50kg. Virtually all of those will use textiles that have been produced with non-recyclable synthetic fibres.
  • Sustainable interiors focus on making these ecofriendly by making them biodegradable and ethical.

Sustainability benefits

By having them made from natural sources, sustainable automotive interiors and textiles create less post life disposal problems as they are biodegradable, and as they are renewable, they also have a low carbon footprint.


Some of the leading US and EU carmakers are already (as of 2020) incorporating many sustainable textiles in their auto interiors.

Stage of commercialization

Early commercialization 

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Materials engineers, Textile designers, Automotive designers, Automobile engineers

Specifically relevant to any geography?


Decarbonization Potential


Value Chain

Textile fabric production , Apparel or accessories ,

Carbon Focus








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Web Resources

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