Renault has co-developed fabric made from 100% recycled materials for the new Zoe.

Renault initiated in 2015 a project known as Afiler (to thread), alongside Filatures du Parc, a spinning mill in the Tarn region of France and Adient Fabrics, an automotive seat supplier in Ariège to design a textile product made from recycled materials.

The textile product, made from safety belts, textile scrap from the automotive industry and polyester fibres from the recycling of plastic bottles (PET) - covers the interior of the new Renault Zoe, in Zen and Intens finishes.

The fabric covering a total area of 8 m² is used for the manufacture of seat covers, dashboard coverings, gear lever brackets and door fittings.

The supply and short loop manufacturing of this recycled carded yarn - without chemical or thermal transformation - reduces associated CO2 emissions by more than 60% compared to the previous Zoe fabric from a standard manufacturing process.

"Faced with the challenge of the energy transition, industries have an essential role to play in changing their production methods and reducing their environmental impact," said Renault director of Environmental Strategy & Planning, Jean-Philippe Hermine.

"With the support of our partners, Filatures du Parc and Adient Fabrics, we are demonstrating it is possible to implement circular and competitive development models focused on resources, while acquiring a valuable competitive advantage at a time when availability and cost of raw materials are becoming a real strategic issue.

"This approach contributes to the Group's commitment to reduce the environmental impacts of each vehicle throughout its life cycle and to reduce its global carbon footprint by 25% in 2022 compared to 2010."

For his part, Filatures du Parc manager, Fabrice Lodetti added: "For 15 years, our company has been working on the manufacture of recycled yarns from used textile materials for the clothing and furniture sectors in particular.

"This now represents more than 60% of our activity, our objective being to eventually reach 100% of production. We are convinced of the relevance of this responsible social and economic model, based on the principles of the circular economy, to limit the impact on the environment and preserve natural resources in the years to come. To continue in this direction, we encourage all our partners and work closely with their creative teams to develop eco-designed products."

Developed in the 15th century, the textile, clothing and leather industries are an integral part of the economic heritage of the Occitania region in France, particularly in Tarn and Ariège.

Development of new textile products which are technical, sustainable and competitive is a growth lever for the region's players and an opportunity to position themselves in new markets, secure jobs and develop new skills.

The Afiler project received the support of the Ademe and the Occitania Region, as well as the support of ENSAIT (National High School of Textile Arts and Industries) in Roubaix to consolidate research and technical validation of the new textile product.