Ford Considering Shredded Green to Make Vehicles Greener
Ford is looking to shredded U.S. “green” to help make its vehicles even greener. The Detroit automaker says it’s considering using old U.S. currency, along with dandelions and coconuts, to manufacture car parts.
Recycled denim is already used in the Ford Fusion as sound-dampening material to eliminate unwanted road, wind and powertrain noise. Scrap cotton from blue jeans, t-shirts, sweaters and other items go in to the Escape’s dashboard. Recycled plastic bottles are in the Escape’s carpet, as well as the seat fabric of the Focus Electric.
With rising oil costs, Ford is looking to other resources, that are not petroleum-based, to create sustainable materials. Now being tested, shredded money that could be used for interior trays and bins, dandelions as a possible alternative to synthetic rubber, and coconut fiber as a way to reinforce molded plastics.
“Ford has a long history of developing green technologies because it’s the right thing to do from an environmental perspective,” said John Viera, Ford’s global director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental matters. “Now, finding alternative sources for materials is becoming imperative as petroleum prices continue to rise and traditional, less sustainable materials become more expensive."