Recycling is one of the most important things we can do to help keep our planet thriving for as long as possible. But where do things like bottles go when they’re taken away in the recycling bin? You may not know that materials gathered from plastic bottles are a big part of today’s Ford vehicles. In fact, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles every year for key vehicle components, helping keep our planet cleaner in the process.
According to Ford, it uses an average of 250 plastic bottles per vehicle to create parts like underbody shields and wheel liners. To get from point A to point B, plastic bottles are shredded, turned into fiber by suppliers, and mixed in with other fibers to create a sheet of lightweight yet durable material.
“The underbody shield is a large part, and for a part that big, if we used solid plastic, it would likely weigh three times as much,” said Thomas Sweder, design engineer, Ford Motor Company. “We look for the most durable and highest performing materials to work with to make our parts, and in this case, we are also creating many environmental benefits.”
That’s what you call a win-win.
Ford also uses around 470 plastic bottles for carpeting in the EcoSport; to achieve this, the fiber is spun into a yarn and woven into the carpeting. Sweder says it’s all part of Ford’s mission to use more and more recycled and renewable material in its vehicles.
To learn more about Ford’s efforts to keep the Earth cleaner, including new and upcoming electrified vehicles like the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid and the Ford F-150 Hybrid, stop into Tropical Ford.