THERE'S NO TURNING BACK.
MINI has already made considerable progress in terms of sustainable manufacturing, but we know we’re still a long way from our destination.
At MINI, we are committed to pioneering a balance that embraces MINI performance and iconic design with sound environmental credentials. This commitment is born out of our actions. We now offer a completely animal-friendly, leather-free interior using sustainable, partly recycled materials. Our 2D flat knit for dashboards, door panels and lids is made from over 90% recycled polyester fibers. And our new generation wheels are now made from up to 70% secondary aluminum.
ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIAL ALTERNATIVES.
Animal-friendly interiors are now available for MINI vehicles as we can now offer exciting substitutes for leather. Innovative seat surfaces constructed from knitted 100% recycled textiles, which provide the same premium quality and seating comfort as leather, ensure there are no compromises in terms of look, feel and functionality. And our new steering wheels fulfil all the demanding criteria when it comes to appearance, wear and durability.
RECYCLED FABRICS AND TEXTILES.
The dashboard and armrests in our doors are now fitted with a quality knitted textile made of recycled polyester yarn. Following an innovative process that turns over 90% of recycled polyester fibres into a 2D flat woven fabric, we then use this textile for the knitted parts of the dashboard and the door panels. The process uses around 98% less water than cotton, and it reduces CO2 emissions by around 80% compared to conventional polyester processing.
PUTTING SECONDARY ALUMINUM FIRST.
Our guiding principle during the design process and product development is “secondary first.” Up to 70% of secondary aluminium from aluminium scrap is used for the wheels in our new-generation MINI vehicles. In conjunction with the green electricity used, we save around 90% of the energy required compared with primary aluminium production. Secondary aluminium production is associated with 95% fewer greenhouse emissions.