Ford's material library new addition from Heinz by-products

Ford’s material library new addition from Heinz by-products

Lately, researchers are so amused on organics, it is impressive. On Ford’s side, allied with Heinz UK, both have agreed on creating better products by designing new materials with by-products. Ford’s company idea has been for a while now, to reduce its carbon footprint and use what Heinz produces in consolidation with their researchers, a new set of innovative materials for sustainable products.

So here it goes: Researchers at Ford are investigating tomato fibers to make new plastics for Ford Car’s interiors. Storages inside the car, glass and coin holders or any other plastic skin, they plan to make it sustainable in a new way. Dried tomato skins to be precise is what could possibly turn into any of this items or even the whole dashboard. This reminds me of that elegant up-cycled newspaper wood. The most beautiful part is how everything can be used from tomatoes: skin go one side (new by-product by Ford) and pulp goes the other, consumer foods by Heinz.


Next up, is the list of non-metal, recycled and bio-based materials that Ford Company uses to reduce its dependence on petroleum products. (Henry Ford would be very proud right now).:

• New Fusion car contains the equivalent of slightly more than 2 pairs of average-sized American blue-jeans as sound-dampening material.
• Kenaf is used in the door bolsters of the Escape and scrap cotton from jeans and t-shirts go into the dashboard.
• Recycled plastic bottles make part of the Escape’s carpet.
• Wood-fiber-based material is applied into the doors of the Focus Electric, and recycled plastic bottles in its seat fabric.
• The Flex car has wheat straw in its plastic bins.
•Taurus SHO has micro denier suede made from 100 % recycled yarns.

Special considerations for the extravagance of utilizing shredded US currency applied as an armrest, shown below.


Prototyped armrest for Ford, made of shredded and pelleted US currency. Source:

News are all over the place as Ford Company is mastering the world of sustainable materials on cars, one of the main sources of contamination made by humans in history after oil industries. Today they are proud to be part of the sustainability movement with their innovative by-products:

“Ford’s commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle is part of the company’s global sustainability strategy to lessen its environmental footprint while accelerating development of fuel-efficient vehicle technology worldwide. In recent years, Ford has increased its use of recycled nonmetal and bio-based materials. With cellulose fiber-reinforced console components and rice hull-filled electrical cowl brackets introduced in the last year, Ford’s bio-based portfolio now includes eight materials in production. Other examples are coconut-based composite materials, recycled cotton material for carpeting and seat fabrics, soy foam seat cushions and head restraints.” More here.


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Mabelle Plasencia

Founder and Editor at INmatteria©
• Architect | LEED AP BD+C, with an intense passion for materiality, innovation, technology and science. • Arquitecta | LEED AP BD+C apasionada por la materialidad, innovación, tecnología y ciencia.