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.
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