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Types of Textiles, Adhesives, Tires, etc. Used

Types of Textiles, Adhesives, Tires, etc. Used

Will someone from Tesla or their supply chain please provide me with a list of components used to make the vehicles which utilize animal parts/byproducts? The following is a potential list to get you started:

-Tires - stearic acid from animal source or something else
-Electrical/Computer parts - stearic acid from animal source and ink from animal source or something else
-Trimming/steering wheel/seats/dash - Is there an option entirely sans leather? If so, then I think Tesla is the only EV in the world that does not force the consumer to purchase a vehicle with leather textile (all others will give you an option for cloth seats and then standardize a leather-wrapped steering wheel...)
-Adhesives/Glue - gelatin, hide, or some other animal byproduct
-Plastics - animal based slip agents or something else
-Paint/dyes - animal bones, casein or something else

Community, please do not debase this request. In case you want to understand where I am coming from, please understand the following:

1) All of the parts/components listed above can easily contain plant-based and/or synthetic products,
2) Animal agriculture, where these parts and byproducts come from, takes a significant toll on our resources (food, water, and land) and environment (air and water pollution). Animal agriculture has a substantial carbon footprint.
3) I am moving back to the United States and will be in the market for a vehicle, in 4-5 months. If I am going to take part in the EV movement, then I want to maximize how it fits within my philosophy. [For instance, it is silly to care about how much water you use in the shower/while you shave/brush your teeth and then go to your local restaurant and consume some animal flesh, which took tens, if not more, times more water (and other resources) to produce than a plant-based option.]
4) There are likely other people, albeit relatively few in number, that are interested in this information and share the desire of owning a vehicle entirely sans animal parts/byproducts.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Red Sage ca us | 03/04/2015

It sounds as if you want to get a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the Tesla Model S.

Rots-o-ruck, Raggy.

holidayday | 06/04/2015

" Is there an option entirely sans leather?"

It looks like there is.
Basic seats and trim are non-leather.
Original car had leather only seats, and requests at that time- 2013 - (and also likely move to increase margin) had Tesla moving to a synthetic interior with Leather as a common upgrade.

"consume some animal flesh,"

Our bodies are built to consume animal flesh. Delicious animal flesh. Leather is a byproduct of this consumption, so stopping leather production while still consuming for nutrition is backwards thinking.

Start with aiming to reduce the consumption of resource heavy protein. More fish and chicken should be consumed for better health. Red Meat should be once weekly or monthly if it still is consumed. Sure, feeding billions of people leaves a substantial carbon footprint. Long-term, population must plateau to balance resources. However, short-term, more people globally are eating more resource heavy protein and becoming healthier in the process.

Balancing all of this will take another couple of centuries, as long as we don't accelerate the process in some other stupid way.

ElectricSteve | 07/04/2015

Want a veggie car? Go buy a Fisker...