Promoting Resource-Saving Initiatives

Product Development and Design with Consideration for Recycling Needs

Mazda builds resource-saving initiatives into every phase of the life cycle of its vehicles, based on the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Many limited resources are used to manufacture vehicles, such as steel, aluminum, plastics and rare metals.
Mazda established the Recyclable Design Guidelines in 1992, and is incorporating three Rs design into all vehicles currently under development.

Mazda is steadily increasing the recyclability of its new vehicles, drawing on the following initiatives.

  1. 1. Research into vehicle design and dismantling technologies that simplify dismantling and separation, to make recyclable parts and materials easier to remove
  2. 2. Use of easily recyclable plastics, which constitute the majority of ASR*1 by weight

*1 Automobile Shredder Residue.
It refers to the residue remaining after the crushing/shredding of what is left of the vehicle body following the removal of batteries, tires, fluids, and other parts requiring appropriate processing; the removal of engines, bumpers, and other valuable parts; and the separation and recovery of metals.

Expanded Adoption of Biomaterials

Mazda has produced new vehicle parts from plant-derived materials on a commercial basis, which have the potential to facilitate society's shift away from the use of fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.
In 2014, Mazda developed bio-based engineering plastic featuring high-quality finish without paint and suitable for exterior vehicle parts. The first use of this material was for the cup holder bezels of the Roadster/MX-5 launched in 2015.
Afterwards, for the new CX-9, launched in the market in May 2016, the Company also used the material for some of its interior parts, such as shift panel, door switch panel, louver bezel for rear seat air conditioning equipment, and instrument bezel. It also adopted the material for exterior parts, such as pillar garnish, for the first time.
The Company also intends to use it for subsequent models.

Other examples of the use of bioplastics

Radiator tank: Demio (overseas: Mazda2), equipped with SKYACTIV-G and launched into the market in 2011, and subsequent models
Air-cooled inter cooler (part of the resin tank): New CX-9

Models with Radiator Tank Adopting Bioplastics

Premacy/ Mazda5 (gasoline)
Atenza/Mazda6 (diesel)
Axela /Mazda3 (diesel)
New CX-9

Air-cooled inter cooler for the new CX-9

Bumper-to-Bumper Recycling of ELVs

With the goal of sustainable and efficient use of resources, Mazda became the first automaker in the world to make a practical application*2 of the technology for horizontal recycling of ELV (used and discarded bumpers) into material for new vehicle bumpers. This horizontal recycling has been implemented for the rear bumper of the Biante in Japan since August, 2011 production.

*2 As of August 2011, according to Mazda data [Cooperating companies] Yamako Inc., Takase Synthetic Chemical, Inc.