Ford Looking To Make Car Parts From Tomatoes

June 13, 2014 8:21 PM

Ford Looking To Make Car Parts From Tomatoes
" DEARBORN, Mich. (KCBS) — In an effort to find lighter renewable materials, Ford announced a partnership on Tuesday with Heinz to research the use of tomato fibers to make car parts.

While ketchup giant Heinz had the problem of unwanted skins, stems and seeds discarded from the 2 million tons of tomatoes it uses each year, Ford was attempting developing a fully plant-based plastic.

Now, the two companies are working together to help solve each others’ problems, with a new plan to research how those discarded tomato bits could be turned into a bio-plastic for Ford’s cars.

The research is described to be in the very early stages but the companies said they envision a tomato-based material that could be used for everything from wiring brackets to storage bins for holding coins.

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