Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), together with Eidaikako, MRC Pylen and Toyota Tsusho has developed a new floor mat made using plant-based bio-polyethylene (bio-PE) fiber.
The new floor mat is an addition to MMC’s lineup of proprietary plant-based Green Plastic products.
Produced from sugarcane molasses (a thick syrup produced in the refining of raw sugar), the bio-PE fiber is a plant-based resin used in floor mat piling.
The use of bio-PE fiber characterizes a movement toward reducing usage of petroleum-based plastics and cutting CO2 emissions.
The fiber in this floor mat has a core-sheath structure in which the bio-PE core is covered with conventional petroleum-based polypropylene (PP) sheath which allows it to meet the high levels of performance demanded of car floor mats, including abrasion and heat resistance.
Calculations by experts reveal that the new bio-PE fiber floor mat achieves a 15 percent reduction in life-cycle CO2 emissions as compared to a similar mat made using petroleum-based PP fiber.
The company is planning to start production of the new floor mats in summer of 2012.
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