Mercedes Uses Banana Fibres In Its Design

Mercedes Uses Banana Fibres In Its Design
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Treehugger points to how Mercedes is making a eco conscious cover for the spare tire in the three-door A class. They are mixing abaca banana fibres with polypropylene for their...

Guy Brighton
  • 25 july 2005

Treehugger points to how Mercedes is making a eco conscious cover for the spare tire in the three-door A class. They are mixing
abaca banana fibres with polypropylene for their first structural
components combining natural and synthetic fibres. Mercedes claims a
60% reduction in energy required to produce the part,reductions in
waste and CO2 emissions. The fibres are up to 2.7 metres long, and are
immensely strong and rot resistant. Mercedes is also investing in a
project to reforest part of the Philippines where abaca banana plants
grow under the forest canopy.

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