Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company have been “ketching-up” a lot lately. Although the collaboration might seem unlikely, the two companies are working together on an innovative way to put tomato byproducts to good use for both companies.
Researchers are in the early stages of examining ways that tomato fibers can be used to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic for vehicle wiring baskets and storage bins. For example, in the future, the plastic storage compartments that hold your coins could be made from dried tomato skins.
“We are exploring whether this food processing byproduct makes sense for an automotive application,” said Ellen Lee, plastics research technical specialist for Ford. “Our goal is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time reducing our overall environmental impact.”
While the collaboration falls in line with Ford’s global sustainability strategy, it would also help Heinz repurpose and recycle the peels, stems and seeds from the more than two million tons of tomatoes they use annually.
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