Lear Corporation, a Southfield, Mich., company specializing in automotive seating and e-systems has introduced a fully recyclable sueded material for seating and door panel applications.
Called ReNewKnit, it is a first-to-market automotive textile that is fully recyclable at its end of life. Manufactured solely with recycled materials at Lear facilities using 100% renewable electricity, it further strengthens the company’s sustainable solutions technology portfolio while supporting its carbon reduction goals.
ReNewKnit fabrics are composed of polyester yarns made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and finished with a foam-free, recycled fleece backing that further reduces water and energy consumption in the manufacturing process.
The material will challenge perceptions of reused and recycled textiles with a wide range of surfaces suitable for various interior applications and improved functionality.
“At Lear, we are positioning our surface material offerings to what we believe is the future, a global circular economy where repurposed textiles can be infinitely recycled to become the ultimate raw material for sustainable manufacturing and design,” says Frank Orsini, president of Lear’s seating business.