Tesla CEO says that vegan interior is the way to go

Tesla CEO says that vegan interior is the way to go

Ask anyone who has driven a Tesla — it is an experience unlike any other. Since the inception of the company, Tesla has been on the forefront of eco-friendly automobile innovation. Elon Musk, the CEO recently stated that vegan interior is the way to go when it comes to car design.

In January, Tesla unveiled their vegan interior. The company received criticism because though they were considered eco-friendly, they used animal products to create their leather.

Livestock accounts for about 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emission caused by humans worldwide, so the leather interior was causing more demand for livestock, which further increased emissions.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, is a shareholder of Tesla Motors. Last June at the annual company meeting, PETA urged CEO Elon Musk to switch to an entirely vegan interior.

By offering a 100 percent leather-free car, Tesla is pushing its eco-friendly business even further into the future,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. “PETA can now point to Tesla as a source for top-quality vehicles whose cruelty-free seats are as kind to the environment as its engines are.”

In January, Tesla Motors released their first model with the vegan interior in their Model X SUV.

As stated in an article from media platform Veg News:

While three options are currently available for the coveted sport utility electric vehicle—vegan ultra white, tan leather, and black leather—Musk took to Twitter to emphatically promote the vegan option, stating that “the white interior is the best. Highly recommend.” When current Model X owners reported issues such as tears with the new interior, Musk assured them that the company would add backing material to strengthen interiors at no extra cost.

We hope that eventually, all car manufacturers follow suit.

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Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide pollution and other air pollution that collects in the atmosphere, and traps the heat form the sun, causing the planet to heat up.

The United States is the single largest culprit of carbon pollution, emitting two billion tons into the air every year.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Electric Cars Aren’t Enough. Tesla Is Now Going Vegan.” NBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.
2. “Tesla CEO Says Vegan Leather Interior Is the Best.” VegNews. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.
3. “Tesla Launches All-Vegan Car After PETA Appeal.” PETA. N.p., 14 Jan. 2016. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.

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