Honda has released a video detailing its recycling initiative that sees old uniforms worn by associates at the OEM’s US manufacturing and R&D facilities being shredded and turned into sound-absorbing insulation for use within Honda and Acura vehicles.
The recycling program prevents around 20,000kg of unusable uniforms from reaching landfill every month. In the future, Honda aims to use only 100% sustainable materials within its products.
“To achieve our Triple Zero goal of 100% sustainable material use, we need to take every possible opportunity to recycle materials at end of life for reuse in our products, thereby minimizing our utilization of virgin materials,” said Negar Gilsinger, manager of resource circulation at American Honda Motor Co. “By maximizing end-of-life material recycling, we are giving our uniforms a second life in Honda and Acura vehicles.”
The disused Honda uniforms are shredded into fibers and then made into five different insulator parts for use on nine Honda and four Acura models manufactured in North America. To date, the program – which has been operating since the end of 2021 – has recycled 172,000kg of uniforms.