Flower Power: Ford Considers Dandelions As A New Source Of Rubber
Researchers have found that the dandelion's roots can be used to make synthetic material that can be used to make car parts such as floormats, cup-holders and interior trim.
Ford motor company and Ohio State University are researching dandelions for use as sustainable rubber car parts such as floormats, cup-holders and interior trim. Angela Harris, a Ford research engineer, said:
We’re always looking for new sustainable materials to use in our vehicles that have a smaller carbon footprint to produce and can be grown locally. Synthetic rubber is not a sustainable resource, so we want to minimize its use in our vehicles when possible. Dandelions have the potential to serve as a great natural alternative to synthetic rubber in our products.