Ford And Heinz Collaborate To Make Car Interiors Out Of Tomatoes
The brands have teamed up to explore the possibility of making unused tomato parts from ketchup production into usable materials.
Ford Motor Company is collaborating with H.J. Heinz Company to explore the use of tomato fibers in developing sustainable bio-plastic materials that can be used in vehicle manufacturing.
The researchers at Ford and Heinz are specifically looking into the feasibility of using dried tomato skins to make wiring brackets or storage bins to be installed in Ford vehicles.
In a news release, Ellen Lee, Plastics Research Technical Specialist for Ford, stated,
We are exploring whether this food processing byproduct makes sense for an automotive application. Our goal is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time reducing our overall environmental impact.