The event that evening was meant to highlight Ford's ongoing commitment to using sustainable materials in their vehicles - someone has to think of the environment, right?! And what better way to talk about sustainable materials than to showcase them in the form of food? All attendees were in for a treat with a menu planned by NAIT culinary students featuring just some of the biomaterials currently used by Ford.
- Using soybean-based foam in seat cushions, backs and head restraints saves about 2.2 million kg of petroleum annually
- Ford worked with Canadian universities to recycle wheat straw (a waste product) into bio-based resin for the Ford Flex’s storage bin
- Rice hulls reinforce plastic used in an electrical harness in the 2014 F-150
- Recycled denim is used in Ford vehicles as a sound deafener
- A fibre by-product of coconuts is being studied as a replacement for molded plastics
- The equivalent of about 22 clear, plastic 20-ounce bottles are in the seat fabric of the Focus Electric
- 85% of the materials used in Ford vehicles by weight are recyclable
You may have noticed from the facts above that the actual foods themselves are not being used as materials, but rather their waste byproducts are. That way there isn't a competition for food sources, and the waste is actually being put to use! I definitely have to commend Ford for valuing the environment and continuing to fund research to find sustainable, recyclable materials to use in all their vehicles. I'm sure that other motor companies are doing the same, but Ford is definitely leading the way. I can't wait to find out what they come up with next!
Disclaimer: as this was a media launch event, views expressed in this post are solely mine. I was not expected to feature this event on my blog, nor obligated to do so. This post is 100% my opinion, and as always, my priority is to you, the reader, to present an unbiased, thorough review.