MINI Helps Remove 2,000 KG Of Plastics From Mediterranean Sea
Author: Adrian Padeanu
The “MINI for the Oceans” project is highlighted by a Cooper SE electric hatchback wearing a special livery. The British brand believes cleaning up the ocean is not only good for the environment, but it also shows the benefits of a circular economy by reusing materials. With the i Vision Circular concept, parent company BMW showed how it can make more with less by heavily relying on recycled parts. On average, just under 30% of BMW Group cars are currently made from recycled and reused materials, but the percentage will gradually increase to 50% in the coming years. Coming in 2025, the Neue Klasse platform for EVs will feature trim parts manufactured from recycled fishing nets and ropes. Doing so will cut the carbon footprint by 25% during the production process compared to the current plastic-made parts. Recycled nylon waste originating from discarded fishing nets is already used as the basis for synthetic yarn (ECONYL) for the floor mats of the iX1 and iX electric SUVs. From 2025, all BMW Group cars will employ recycled materials to some extent. The cars themselves are already 95% recyclable at the end of the life cycle.