04 May '11, 12pm

Resource Dieting 2.0

Another novel example of resource dieting is in this article on Ford Motor Company “turning carpets into auto parts .” The article gives some impressive statistics. It states that “Ford has recycled nearly 4.1 million pounds of carpet into cylinder head covers … [t]he Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang and F-150 all use EcoLon, a nylon resin made from 100 percent recycled carpet.” This, added to the use of soy foam seat cushions and recycled blue jeans for sound-dampening material, shows the potential of reuse of materials from the waste stream and, ultimately, reducing the consumption of virgin materials for these applications. Talk about dieting!

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/05/04/resource-di...

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