Can Ford Save the Planet Using Plant-Based Materials?

In the 1940s, Henry Ford built the body of a car out of soybean oil. He even manufactured textiles using vegetable oils. He was a major proponent of using corn ethanol as fuel.

Over eight decades ago, Ford Motor Company's founder was less interested in environmental conservation as he was in seeing the "fruits" of industry benefit working-class farmers. Today, using agricultural products in vehicles still opens up new revenue streams for growers, but we can also see the positive impact it has on the planet.

Ford introduced soy-based foams to its new vehicle lineup in 2007, and has since expanded it to every model manufactured in North America. Using soy foam has reduced the automaker's carbon emissions by over 20 million pounds annually.

The company is developing many more renewable, eco-friendly materials, like carpeting made of coconut husks, plastics reinforced with rice hulls, and even plastics made out of captured carbon dioxide.

Visit John Kennedy Ford Feasterville to learn more about how new Ford vehicles could, dare we say it, change the world.

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