"In 2009, Ford reduced the amount of automotive-related plastics to landfills by nearly 30 million pounds"
Making cars more fuel efficient, and eventually run 100% on clean and renewable energy, is a great goal. But in parallel, it is important to clean up the materials and processes used to make the cars themselves. Steel is already widely recycled, but what about all the other materials (foams, plastics, fabrics, etc)? Most automakers have been working on that problem, and the latest news from that front comes from Ford. So what did they do?
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Here's some of the stuff Ford has been doing with non-metal materials:
- Ford is making its vehicles, which are 85 percent recyclable by weight, more eco-friendly through increased use of renewable and recyclable materials; the 2010 Ford Taurus is the latest model to use eco-friendly bio-based seat cushions
- In 2009, Ford reduced the amount of automotive-related plastics to landfills by nearly 30 million pounds and saved approximately $4.5 million by reusing recycled materials
- Ford’s “reduce, reuse and recycle” commitments are part of its broader global sustainability strategy to reduce its environmental footprint
- Automobiles are among the most recycled consumer products. More than 95 percent of all end-of-life vehicles in the U.S. are processed for recycling – compared to 52 percent of all paper and 31 percent of all plastic soft drink bottles