13 Jul '11, 11am

Recycled Tires, Soy Make Their Way into Ford Cars

Recycled Tires, Soy Make Their Way into Ford Cars

Ford and its partner, Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM ), have joined forces to make the components since 2008. If the technology can scale, this will serve an example of how the manufacture of “sustainable” automobiles can progress far beyond battery technology and alternative fuels. Opportunities to find more sustainable materials will arise everywhere in a company’s supply chain. For now the technology is used to make gaskets and seals. Those parts are the finished product of 25% post-consumer recycled tire materials, and 17% from soy. According to Ford , its work with RPM has resulted in the recycling of 2.2 million pounds of recycled rubber, or about 210,000 tires. Furthermore, 150,000 pounds of soy have ended up processed into the parts, too. The reduced weight is also a benefit because the parts collectively have removed over 1600 tons of weight from the road. That...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/recycled-tires-soy-ma...

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