Alcantara targets sustainability without compromise

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A new partially-recycled variant of Alcantara is on the market, and Car Design News headed to Italy for a closer look

Premium materials supplier Alcantara has revealed a new product line that marks an evolution in the material’s make-up. In effect, it is shifting toward a greater proportion of sustainable materials, a process that chairman Andrea Boragno says could lead to a product that only uses recycled materials within the next three to five years.

The first car to sport the ‘new’ Alcantara is the Ferrari Purosangue, the supercar maker’s controversial first stab at an SUV (although the preferred expression is “four-door, four-seater.”) This new version of Alcantara features 68% post-consumer recycled polyester, officially certified by the ICEA’s Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) which verifies and traces the sourcing and use of recycled materials. Boragno says the company underwent “intense testing” to ensure it could prove everything was above board. 

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