menu
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
Subscribe to get a daily digest of new ideas and discoveries and to find out about upcoming events

Ford Upcycles Industrial And Biodegradable Waste Into Car Parts

Ford Upcycles Industrial And Biodegradable Waste Into Car Parts

The American automaker takes a big step toward global sustainable development by crafting car parts from pre-used materials.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon

Researchers and automobile designers at Ford are taking a green-oriented direction to their vehicle development and design philosophies to incorporate more sustainable materials in their car manufacturing process. In response to growing calls for sustainable development among Americans, the iconic car manufacturer has devised an eco-friendly program that allows non-biodegradable materials such as industrial waste, along with plants and other biodegradable elements to be converted into car parts. Ford is now looking into items such as plastics, rubber, foam, film and fabric to be applied into interior parts to help alleviate dependence on oil and other resources without sacrificing quality and durability.

Products of Ford’s green program thus far include soy-based polyurethane foams on the seat cushions and seat backs,  recycled yarns in seat fabrics, underbody systems made from recycled detergent bottles and battery casings, and engineered ebony wood, among others. In the foreseeable future, Ford plans to unveil natural-fiber filled plastics, biodegradable plastics, soy protein fillers for door seals, floor mats, gaskets and splash shields, and nano-filler materials in metal and plastic composites to reduce weight while increasing strength.

Image by Ford

Ford Eco-Friendly Products

Post Image
Read More Tap to Expand
PSFK CONFERENCE 2015

Live. Work. Play. Better.
The PSFK 2015 conference experience

NEW YORK, NY | April 16-April 18 2015
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
TREND REPORT

PSFK Labs presents
The Future of Retail 2015

A Manifesto To Reinvent The Store