Upping the green ante in the hybrid car market, Ford and InterfaceFABRIC recently announced that the new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid will have 100% recycled fabric seating – a first in the U.S. automotive industry. What’s more, the new upholstery also employs an innovative backcoating technology, developed by Interface, that minimizes the use of traditional flame retardant chemicals. Hmmm, does that mean no more toxic new car smell?

is a division Interface, Inc., makers of the popular FLOR carpet tiles and an industry leader in industrial ecology. The upholstery used in the 2008 Escape utilizes recycled post-industrial polyester derived from soda bottle resin.

+ Interface Press Release
+ Ford Press Release