90% of a car can be recycled into other things, Including the Airbags, But the upholstery is another material that creative people have taken to the road. Platinum Dirt is leading the way by reclaiming leather from vintage cars and making into jackets. The Vin Jackets were launched in 2010 were taken from interiors olf old Cadillacs, Lincons, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and a few more. Just so you know where which car the jacket came from, the VIN plate from the original is embedded on the front.
The jackets run from $1200 on up. The remnants are made into purses
The added touch is the vintage auto hood ornament zipper pull.
Considering there are over 6.5 million auto crashes each year in the USA, that is alot of car upholstery that can be saved from our landfills.
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- The Steel Recycling Institute estimates that vehicle recycling represents 14 million tons of recovered steel. It also provides reusable parts for new cars, such as wheels and windows, and offers a solution for unwanted, junk cars. Keep America Beautiful found 15,000 trashed cars in American parks in 2008 alone.
- More than a million cars are being illegally dumped very year
- About 65 percent of a junked car is made from steel (the rest is made from other metals plus glass, rubber and upholstery). The price for scrap steel and iron, though volatile, often hovers around $250 per ton.
- Recycling metal uses about 74 percent less energy than making new steel, according to theEnvironmental Protection Agency.