Repurposing Waste Materials for Vehicle Parts at Ford

Debbie Mielewski, the director of sustainability at Ford Motor Company, discusses how the company is turning waste into valuable resources. Ford is using soy-based foam, wheat straw, algae, and even carbon dioxide to create materials for their vehicles. They are also utilizing 3D printing to repurpose waste powder into fuel clips. Ford’s sustainability efforts date back to Henry Ford, who used soy oil and wheat straw in his cars. The collaboration with HP and Smile Direct Club allows Ford to further reduce waste and explore new possibilities in a closed-loop economy.

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