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Ford & McDonald’s Converting Coffee Waste Into Car Parts

For over a decade, Ford Motor Company has been working hard to replace traditional petroleum-based plastics in its vehicles with bio-based materials and byproducts. The most recent development from Ford’s scientists is converting coffee waste into vehicle parts like headlamp housings.

Millions of pounds of coffee chaff, the dried skin that comes off of coffee beans during the roasting process, is generated every year. McDonald’s has partnered with Ford to provide this useful waste product, which Ford is able to mix with plastic and other additives to create vehicle parts.

In addition to being more sustainable, these parts are about 20 percent lighter and take less energy to make, while still meeting the quality specifications needed for a variety of interior and under hood components.

This is another great example of how companies can work together to reduce waste and achieve global sustainability. Ford has also worked with companies like Heinz since 2014 to use tomato skins in the production of wiring brackets and other vehicle parts.

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Source: Ford Media Center