Tesla Launches E-Car With Vegan Interior Option
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Tesla has launched a new electric SUV that is a double-whammy in terms of sustainability. For one, it is an electric car, which emits zero carbon since it does not rely on the burning of fossil fuels to move.
Secondly following a suggestion of its shareholder PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Tesla is offering, as one design option, a fully vegan (that is, animal-free) interior, which includes the seats, wheel and gear shift.
According to the NY Times, Ultra White is the vegan option for the sport utility vehicle.
PETA convinced Tesla to introduce a leather-free alternative by pointing out the environmental issues related to tanneries.
In a press statement, the animal rights NGO said that in order to turn animal skins into leather, 130 different chemicals are required, including cyanide.
Besides, human beings are negatively affected as well. People who work in and live near tanneries suffer from exposure to those toxic chemicals. Leather processing is the source of copious amounts of carbon emissions, further contributing to climate change.
Leather production also consumes a lot of water. It requires up to 15,000 gallons of per ton of hides.
Finally, undercover investigators have revealed the gruesome way in which cows are slaughtered in Bangladeshi, where most of tanneries supplying garment makers across the globe are located.
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