Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tomato, Tomatoe: Ford & Heinz to Make Fresh Car Parts

That’s right: Ford Motor Company and H.J Heinz Company Ketchup are teaming up to explore the possibility of  transforming tomato fibers into sustainable bioplastics that could be used to make car parts.

Now, this might sound a little odd, but the use of plants in plastics is actually a growing trend. Indeed, Ford has been at the forefront of introducing alternative materials into its cars, including:  electrical cowl brackets filled with rice hulls and soy-foam cushions.

As for the tomatoes, Ford hopes the bioplastic could be used for wiring brackets and storage bins inside the cars. Who knows, maybe your future Ford Fusion will be made from tomatoes (french fries not included).

To read more about the collaboration and thinking, click here.


1 Comment

  1. Matt June 13, 2014 at 12:59 am

    If I am not mistaken, a few years back was there not an article about old shredded currency being used as stuffing for cushions? I could be wrong, but I think it was with Ford also..

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