Ford Uses Captured CO2 to Develop New Bio Foams and Plastics

Ford Motor Company has long been known as an industry leader in sustainability, especially when it comes to developing and implementing alternative materials for use in its vehicles. Examples of this include using coconut fiber in trunk lines and recycling t-shirts and jeans for use in carpeting. Ford’s most recent initiative in the area is a new bio-foam that is formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols.

Using carbon dioxide as feedstock has the potential to help Ford reduce its petroleum usage by more than 600 million pounds annually, with possible uses in seating and underhood applications. According to a press release from ford, researchers expect to see the new biomaterials in Ford production vehicles within five years.

“Ford is working aggressively to lower its environmental impact by reducing its use of petroleum-based plastic and foam,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader of sustainability. “This technology is exciting because it is contributing to solving a seemingly insurmountable problem – climate change. We are thrilled to be leading the charge toward reducing carbon emissions and the effects of climate change.”

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