Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we would share some things Ford is doing as part of its commitment to be “green.”
One of Ford’s green initiatives is the Core Recovery Program that was developed in 2003 to reduce the amount of waste that they produce. The program involves the collection, refurbishing and reprocessing of parts from vehicles that Ford’s dealers across the U.S. have collected over time from car owners. Most recently, the company added headlights and bumpers to the list of recyclable items.
This recycling program enabled Ford to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill per vehicle by 40 percent between 2007 and 2011, and they plan to reduce waste by another 40 percent between 2011 and 2016. Ford also has also set goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and energy consumption.
In addition, Ford started a bio-materials and plastics research team to find sustainable materials to replace petroleum-based parts in 2001. Ford’s goal is to eventually both manufacture and grow its parts in the U.S. Here is a look at some of the sustainable materials that Ford is using in their vehicles:
- Soy-based foam for deflector shields and seats. Every Ford vehicle built in North America now has soy foam in the cushions and backs.
- Soy, wheat straw, and coconut husks to reinforce plastic. Ford is also researching the use of old dollar bills for this purpose.
- Cotton from recycled jeans for part of the carpet backing and sound absorption material.
- Sugars made from corn, beet and cane are under consideration for biodegradable plastic parts
- Engineers are researching wood technology for interior trim.
- Recycled plastic bottles for REPREVE seat fabric
Which of these green initiatives impresses you the most? Let us know in the comments section below.