Honda Motor Company, ever the environmental trailblazer, has developed an earth-friendly fabric made from plants for its vehicle interiors. The fabric accomplishes two things that previously made such technologies flawed -- it's both durable and resistant to sunlight. The material is appropriate for seats, door coverings, headliners, floor mats and other fabric-covered surfaces.
The new fabric has the potential to cut energy consumption during production by 10 to 15 percent over processes for petroleum-based polyester fabrics, lessening CO2 emissions. It will first be used in Honda's fuel cell vehicles, set to go into production within the next three years or so.