28 Oct '11, 12am

#Ford scientists are eco-geniuses. We build car seats from Soy Foam and reinforce plastic with wheat waste #fordsccto

#Ford scientists are eco-geniuses. We build car seats from Soy Foam and reinforce plastic with wheat waste #fordsccto

DEARBORN, MI — Weeding out petroleum-based materials in favor of bio-based alternatives has helped Ford reduce the environmental impacts of its vehicles. Using foam derived from soy rather than petroleum, for example, has avoided more than six million pounds (2,721 metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The company said last week it would expand the use of bio-based foams through nearly all of its vehicle lineup this year -- with an eye on the possibilities of one day using compostable plastics. "Soy foam is just the tip of the iceberg in the development of vehicle materials from natural resources," Debbie Mielewski, Ford's polymer technical leader, said in a statement. "We have to entertain the thought of bio-replacement in baby steps, looking at every aspect of a car that could be green. One day I hope to see the automotive world go totally compostable, remov...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/06/29/ford-expands-bio-...

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