Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 23, 2008
Cars get a lot of flak for helping to destroy the planet. And not unjustifiably so. But while it’s certainly true that automobiles contribute hugely to pollution from carbon emissions, it can also be said that the industry that produces them is one of the most progressively green around. Auto makers have been working on devising environmentally friendly vehicles longer than manufacturers of most other products. Even taking into account those still in the concept stage, the amount of hybrid, biodiesel, electric and hydrogen cars available far outnumber the amount of green products currently being produced by, say, the makers of electronics. After all, how many environmentally friendly options are there when buying a new TV? I can only think of a few.
But while vehicles may be leading the green olympics in terms of emissions, clean fuel is not the only event in the games.
According to AutoblogGreen, “a recent European Commission study stated that all new vehicles should be at least 85% recyclable or reusable by 2015.” And Volvo, according to the site, is way ahead of the game, ensuring that all new cars to emerge from their factories are “85% recyclable and 95% recoverable”. Leave it to Volvo for striving to keep one of the world’s most polluting devices “clean all its life” in terms of both its fuel and its materials.
Of course, “recyclable” in itself doesn’t fulfill the entire promise. What happens after the car’s stopped running is up to the consumer. It’s always amazed me the way many junked cars remain junk, causing the necessity for new resources and taking up precious space. Yes, it comes in handy when you’re in need of something random, like a replacement fender for your 1974 El Camino, but the materials contained in those dead vehicles stacked in the junkyard could certainly be put to better use. Which is clearly line Volvo’s walking.
And thanks to forward thinking companies like Volvo (and Apple, in the computer arena), who recognize the importance of creating recyclable products, we’re likely to see another trend forming in this oh so trendy industry. That is, if other manufacturers hop onboard and follow their lead.
In the meantime, go Volvo!