Ford Finds New Use for Plastic Bottles

Ford is saving millions of plastic bottles from landfills for the next Ford Escape. The automaker has announced plans to recycle bottles to be used in the carpeting for the all-new SUV, which will make its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th.

These bottles will undergo extensive testing to ensure their durability. Ford engineers will look for “chalking – when the fibers degrade and mash themselves to form a white residue – when conducting these tests. Chalking, or dusting, is a precursor to a hole forming in the carpet.

Another way Ford will help diminish wear is by backing the carpeting with cast foam, which creates smoother backing and helps to reduce road noise.

Each Escape will use 25 20-ounce plastic bottles that were destined for landfills.  This means that more than 4 million bottles can be diverted from landfills, based on current sales data.

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