BOURBONNAIS,IL – Sustainability is the capacity to endure. What does that mean? Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting human life. Soybeans, Denim, Kenaf (a tropical plant of the cotton family), plastic bottles, and recycled tires are all materials currently being used in Ford Motor Vehicles. Ford Motor Company has been concentrated on increasing the use of non-metal recycled and bio-based materials. By using these products Ford is hoping to reduce its dependence on petroleum products.
Soybeans are being used in seat cushions, backs and head restraints and save close to 5 million pounds of petroleum annually. Recycled denim is used in new Ford vehicles as a sound deadener. Kenaf, as described earlier, is a tropical plant in the cotton family and is used in the door bolsters of the all new Ford Escape.
In the near future expect to see Shredded Money, Dandelions, Coconuts, Corn and sugar cane used in Ford Vehicles. Retired, shredded U.S paper currency will be used to manufacture the plastic parts such as trays and bins because of its strong, elasticity. The Russian dandelion will be used as a possible alternative to synthetic rubber. Coir, which is a byproduct of coconuts, is being tested as reinforcement for molded plastics. Corn and sugar cane are being looked to be used as a biodegradable plastic!
There is even a way to use the materials (or should I say ingredients?) to make Thai Curry Corn and Sweet Potato Bisque with Crab and Dandelion Pesto! Paintbox Bostro located in Toronto, Canada took on the challenge to use the items and make a dish of their own. You can find the full article here for more information here.
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