Thursday, May 25, 2006

Honda Develops Plant-Based Interior Fabric

Honda has developed a new plant-based material it calls Bio-fabric which, when used to upholster a car's seats and other interior surfaces, will counteract all CO2 emissions used to dispose of the car at the end of it's usable life. This counteraction actually occurs years earlier via CO2 absorption by the plants that were grown to create the Bio-fabric in the first place. (Note the similarity here to some of the reasoning used by Ethanol proponents: the crops grown to produce the fuel counteract the emissions of the vehicles it powers.)

Honda's Bio-fabric is supposedly more durable than previous plant-based fabrics, and is expected to handle the rigors of daily use and prolonged exposure to sunlight as well as a man-made product. These eco-friendly interiors do not require any changes to the production process, are mass-produceable, and will be used in Honda's upcoming fuel cell vehicle, a car they say will be available within 3 years.

By using the plant-based fabrics, Honda claims it can significantly cut overall energy usage during the manufacturing process and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of each car equipped with the earth-friendly interior.

Source: Honda UK