Tesla vehicles are some of the most environmentally-friendly, but the company just showed more sustainability promise with a new seat patent. Though the company launched cruelty-free seats in 2017, the patent underscores its continued commitment. Today’s cars are way ahead of their predecessors in terms of energy usage and emissions. This, however, makes it easier for companies to neglect other factors.
The Problem With Traditional Seats
Polyurethanes typically make up the base of the common car seat. Looking into replacements is only necessary, since in this case, they are neither recyclable nor breathable.
Other varieties are also used in bumpers, doors, windows, spoilers, and other parts, so getting rid of it could be a long process.
Making the foam itself, though, is a tedious, time-consuming process, which entails pouring and mixing a whole cocktail of chemicals.
Shaping the material after that produces a lot of non-recyclable leftovers that have nowhere to go but landfills.
Tesla Sustainability Push Includes Patented Sustainable Fibrous Foam
While the star of this patent is the “architecture” of the foam, it is important to remember the materials involved.
The Tesla sustainability push entails a choice of low-melt polymers that are easier to repurpose for future use.
And although the processing methods it plans to adopt may require more attention to detail, Tesla can reduce a significant amount of manufacturing waste.
Ultimately, the company aims to use this technology in other “foamy” car parts. Consequently, that will help minimize even more non-recyclable waste.
It is especially important for a company like Tesla to switch gears like this. While other companies like Ford are nearing their zero-waste goals, 40% of Tesla’s raw materials still go straight to landfills.
However, the two companies switch places when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions. With mixed information available to the general public, it can be hard to tell how sustainable companies actually are.