The Road to Zero Waste

All week long, Ford is celebrating the 51st Earth Day

Explore Ford’s solutions for building a better world and learn ways to reduce your own carbon footprint.

Today, we’re talking about reducing waste.

To build a better world, we aspire to reach true zero waste to landfill across our operations and eliminate single-use plastics from our operations by 2030.

The materials used in a vehicle are an important element of its overall sustainability. We hope to utilize only recycled or renewable content in vehicle plastics with lower life cycle impacts that provide equivalent quality, appearance and performance as existing materials.

Since 2000, our scientists have been exploring ways to use plant-based materials in place of petroleum-based plastics. We were the first automotive company to launch soy-based foam in 2007 and since then, we have introduced new composites including castor oil and kenaf, wheat straw, rice hulls, and coconut and tree fibers into our vehicles.

We continue to research using new materials in the lab, including hemp, bamboo, agave (tequila) fiber, dandelion root, algae and even captured CO2, and have begun testing new applications for almond shells and hemp fiber.

Through a recent partnership with McDonald’s in the U.S., we used coffee chaff – the dried skin of the coffee bean – to make a durable material for reinforcing headlamp housings. We’ve also teamed up with HP to reduce the amount of printing waste powder that goes to landfill by recycling the material into fuel line clips - an industry first.

We’re doing our part every day to make our vehicles and manufacturing facilities more sustainable, and we hope you can as well.

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