Did you know that your Ford automobile may be partially made with soy, coconuts and wheat straw? Neither did I! I learned more about how Ford id dedicated to sustainability during a breakfast keynote at the BConnected conference in Ottawa. Speaker Matt Drenan-Scace from Ford Canada shared how Ford is using food by-products, oversupply, and other biomaterials. Our breakfast, put together by popular Ottawa food writer Paula Roy, showcased some of these renewable and recyclable materials. We were treated to a “taste of what is in our Ford today and what may be in our Ford in the near future”.
On the menu:
Tropical Green Smoothies (cellulose)
Yoghurt Parfaits with Sustainable Muesli (with muesli from the Muesli Project)
Breakfast Polenta with Spiced Apple Compote (corn)
Corn Muffins with Blueberry Cream Cheese Filling (wheat)
Cane Syrup and Five Spice Glazed Pork Belly
Asian Spiced Tomato and Egg Frittata with Pickled Bamboo Shoots
Fruit Summer Rolls in Rice Paper with Spicy Honey
Everything on the menu was delicious. Paula did a great job pulling this all together. Paula spoke passionately about every choice of food she decided to serve us and even shared her secret for fabulous corn muffins (creamed corn). Matt talked about how the meal related to products being used or tested to be used in Ford vehicles.
Currently Used in Ford Vehicles
All Ford vehicles in North America have soy foam in their seat cushions and backs.
Used to reinforce plastic. In 2014, Ford introduced a new composite plastic material used in the wire harness of the Ford F-150.
Used in the storage bins of the Ford Flex.
Made out of the coconut husk, coconut cuir is used in the trunk mats of some vehicles, including the Fort Focus Electric BEV.
This material is used to replace fiberglass reinforcement in the center console. Currently in use in the Lincoln MKX.
Currently Being Tested for Use in Ford Vehicles
Ford has teamed up with HJ Heinz Company to explore using tomato fibre as a bio-plastic material. This material could potentially be used in your vehicles wiring brackets and storage bins.
Corn by-products could be processed into plastic parts, fibers or films. Ford is currently testing the use these products in carpeting, upholstery, and interior trim.
This fast growing grass could be used in veneers and as filler material.
Sugar cane plastics are currently being tested for durability and performance.
I already knew that Ford was using EPREVE seat fabric in their vehicles. EPREVE is made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. I had no idea how much more they were doing. You can see more of what Ford is creating with sustainable materials in their report here.
I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.