Ford Motor Company uses Wheat Straw to Make Plastic

Ford Motor Company announced on Wednesday November 11th that it will be the first automotive manufacturer to use wheat straw-reinforced plastic, a more environmentally friendly product than plastic used previously, in a vehicle.

This natural fiber based plastic will be used in the production of interior storage bins on the 2010 Ford Flex. Even though the usage is small, Ford predicts it will reduce CO2 emissions by 30,000 pounds per year. What is great is that it creates a sustainable product for wheat straw, wheat’s waste byproduct.

Read the complete press release. Click below for a larger image.

WHEAT STRAW-REINFORCED PLASTIC
WHEAT STRAW-REINFORCED PLASTIC

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