Deborah Mielewski, Ford Research’s senior technical leader for materials sustainability said
“You’re not growing this fibre specifically for automobile parts – you’re growing it for the lovely tequila, so this is a waste product. We’re looking at a big variety of natural materials or even waste from agriculture (and) the food industry … to reduce our impact, but also to participate in a more closed-loop economy.”
Ford was one of the first car manufacturer to use bioplastics in car parts. They’re currently using soy-based foam for seats and are looking at bamboo, hemp, oat hulls and rubber from dandelions to produce bioplastics.
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