Ford also uses a cloth seat fabric in the Focus Electric, which is manufactured using an environmentally friendly yarn called REPREVE®. This sustainable yarn is produced using a hybrid blend of post-industrial fiber and post-consumer polyester waste material that could have ended up in landfills. Not only does this use of REPREVE® fabric in the Focus Electric help to reduce waste, it also helps to offset the need to produce new materials from crude oil – a process that consumes precious energy and natural resources.
Plastic bottles are collected at events throughout the year, like the bottles collected at the Resource Recovery Stations at Green Festivals, and are recycled into Ford seat fabric. Currently, only 29 percent of plastic bottles are recycled in the United States. Be sure to drop by one of the Resource Recovery Stations while walking through the Green Festival to toss your empty soda or water bottles away!
Ford is always looking to the future for new ways to make their vehicles greener, and they have partnered with OSU (Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) to develop Russian Dandelion and Guayule as a source for rubber. Ford is researching the use of dandelion rubber to replace synthetic rubber, which is commonly used in automotive component manufacturing. Dandelions are easily grown and can one day serve as a natural alternative to synthetic rubber in Ford products. Dandelion milk, extracted from the roots, could be used in plastics to produce vehicle parts such as cup holders, floor mats and plastic trim.
Ford shares your concern about the environment, understanding the importance of making smart, green choices and will continue to build fuel-efficient and eco-friendly models that help to reduce emissions and your carbon footprint. Stop by the Ford Pavilion at the upcoming Green Festivals and learn all about Ford’s current and future electrified fleet!