“What if we could redirect plastics from landfill and use them to create innovative materials, and then put them in the all-new Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck? We could make a big difference”, stated Ford Motor Corporations in a recent release made available to Motoring World.
Since 2012, Ford Motor Company has worked with Unifi to bring environmentally responsible, high-performance REPREVE fiber to many Ford vehicles. Now, this innovative fiber is available in the in the all-new F-150. By substituting with this recycled material, Ford will divert more than five million plastic bottles from landfills this year.
Ford is the only automaker to use REPREVE, made from 100 percent recycled materials including plastic bottles, in its vehicles. Ford is currently using REPREVE in five vehicles around the world, making it a truly global material, and it represents Ford’s larger commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the company’s global sustainability strategy to lessen its environmental footprint.
“By using REPREVE in the all-new Ford F-150, we are reconfirming our commitment to using renewable and recyclable materials in our vehicles,” said Carol Kordich, lead designer, global sustainability materials strategy development. “We are always looking for ways to incorporate more innovative and sustainable materials into our vehicle
Across its global operations, Ford is also using recycled materials for vehicles interior parts, where it can be much more challenging to achieve the necessary appearance and performance than using recycled materials for under-body, subsurface and exterior black parts. The company is continuing to expand its use of recycled seat fabrics and seat components that meet all appearance and performance requirements.
Since the 2009 model year, the seat fabrics in most of Ford’s new or redesigned North American vehicles have been made from at least 25 per-cent post-industrial or post-consumer recycled content. Thirty-seven different fabrics meeting the requirements have been developed and incorporated into Ford vehicles. In addition, many of its non-woven headliner fabrics now contain 50 per-cent to 75 per-cent recycled yarns, depending on the colour.
Ford is the first automaker to use REPREVE – a hybrid fibre made from recycled plastic water bottles and post-industrial waste – for seating fabric. This fibre, which was introduced on the 2012 Ford Focus, is being used on the 2013 and 2014 Ford Focus, 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion, the 2014 Ford Edge, and the 2015 Ford Mustang and Ford F-150. Approximately 22 plastic, 16-ounce water bottles are used to make the seat fabric in a Focus; approximately 39 such bottles are used for seats in the Fusion S and SE; and between 63 and 110 such bottles are used for the F-150, depending on the model.