�SI want to say just one word to you: Plastics!⬝ That might have been good advice to new college graduates a generation ago, but today that could be replaced with this word: �SBiofoam.⬝
Most conversations about the environmental impact of cars focus on drivetrains�hybrid versus diesel versus electric, etc. But the use of new bio-based materials�used in everything from seats to dashboards�also have a big impact on energy, as well as the environmental safety of passengers. That�"s why Ford is expanding its use of bio-based soy foam through nearly all of its vehicle lineup this year as part of an ongoing effort to use more renewable and recyclable materials.
Ford�"s use of bio foam has helped the company reduce its petroleum oil usage by more than 3 million pounds annually and carbon dioxide emissions by 11 million pounds. In a press release, Debbie Mielewski, technical director, Plastics Research Group at Ford, said, �SOne day I hope to see the automotive world go totally compostable, removing the use of petroleum-based parts 100 percent.⬝
We reached out to Debbie to learn more.
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