American auto giant Ford is rolling out its new Ford Focus Electric Vehicle, or EV, complete with zero emissions and seats made out of recycled plastic bottle packaging. Twenty-two polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles make up the seat fabric for one car. Many of the bottles used to make the fabric will be collected at two major 2012 trade shows: the North American International Auto Show, and the consumer Electronics Show. Ford plans to use more than two million plastic bottles for the new EV.
In addition to plastic bottle seating, Ford also uses recycled plastic bottles in its Ford Escape carpeting, as well as soy-based foam materials in head restraints.
Using recycled packaging for auto parts and materials helps significantly reduce plastic waste, and also cuts down on costs by reducing the use of oil-based plastics.
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