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Dutch Students Create Almost 100% Recycled Car

Made almost exclusively from recycled waste, their car is powered by an electric engine, boasting a top speed of 56 miles per hour and a range of 136 miles.

Sporty cars are normally made from various metals and carbon fibers, but a Dutch team of students from Eindhoven University has set their sights on something more… environmentally friendly.

Made almost exclusively from recycled waste, their car is powered by an electric engine, boasting a top speed of 56 miles per hour and a range of 136 miles.

That might not sound like much, but for a small country like the Netherlands, that’s basically half the country.

So what is the car actually made from? Well, it’s mostly flax and recycled plastic pulled from the ocean, of all places. Futurism explains:

“The chassis of the car is mostly made up of flax fibers mixed with plastic that was fished out of the ocean. The unusual mix of various plastics give the chassis a surprising amount of rigidity — especially when combined with natural fibers. The body is made out of recycled hard plastic with a special film wrap — rather than relying on toxic paint — to give it its racecar-yellow color.”

I mean, what can you say? This is awesome.

While it’s not close to being commercially viable right now, these students have proven that recycled cars are possible, so I’d be interested to see if this can be replicated on a mass scale in a decade or two.



Joe is passionate about environmentalism and the effect it has on our planet. He’s been a vegetarian for 10 years and is very strict about recycling in his apartment. As well as writing, he likes to spend time singing, playing the guitar, and defending pineapple on pizza.

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