Ford Expands its List of Plants Used to Craft Cars

Environmentalism is trending, and to keep up with the times, and set the pace, Ford Motor Company has been working hard to create cars with more sustainable materials. For many of our new vehicles in Schaumburg, this means vegetable-based parts.

It all started over 15 years ago. Debbie Mielewski, Ford Materials Sustainability Senior Technical Leader, says, "Literally, we were told over and over it could not be done. I always say we got thrown out of every conference room in the company." She pushed and pushed, and finally got the green light to develop green materials.

The first project was soy foam, which Mielewski calls "much greener, much better for the environment" than petroleum-based foams. Since 2011, all Ford models built in North America have soy-foam seat cushions.

Ford has been using flax fiber, rice hulls, coconut husks, and more to build new, more eco-friendly cars and trucks, and Mielewski and her team work day in and day out to put more plants on that list. A recent project? Ford is collaborating with H.J. Heinz Company to develop bio-plastics made with discarded tomato skins and stems.

Drive greener with a new or used vehicle from Bob Rohrman Schaumburg Ford.

Categories: New Inventory, Green
Tags: new ford, green
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