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Ford’s lovely Escape Hybrid is a sight for sore eyes, and for the 2008 model year the ante is upped in terms of energy-saving design. Take a gander inside of one of the new models and you’ll find a new, soft seat-fabric that marks the “first U.S. automotive application of seating surfaces made from 100 percent post-industrial materials.”

Created by InterfaceFABRIC Inc, the recycled seat fabric is expected to conserve nearly 600,000 gallons of water, an estimated 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents and the equivalent of more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The first step in Ford’s impact-reducing updates, we’re hoping these seats spur a movement with competing automakers.

For more info on the new Ford Escape Hybrid, visit www.fordvehicles.com.