Ford Escape Takes Advantage of Plastic Recycling
When hurricane Katrina shut down a Ford Motor Company's resin supplier's factory, the company engineers learned an important lesson about using recycled materials in vehicles: plastic laundry bottles don't work. The company tried using recycled Downy fabric softener bottles in car parts. But using these materials delivered a smell like you were doing laundry.
As part of its sustainability drive, Ford aims to build vehicles that reduce the materials that end up in landfills. Its latest efforts are apparent in the 2013 Ford Escape crossover. The carpets of each 2013 Escape will contain about 25 20-ounce PET plastic beverage bottles. This results in keeping about 4 million bottles out of landfills annually.
The recycling doesn't stop there - the interior of the new Escape also contains a number of other sustainable materials including soy in the seat cushions and fiber from the kenaf plant used in the door inserts. Altogether, 27 percent of the seat fabric comes from "post-industrial recycled content".
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