July 15, 2011

Autos increase use of bio-chems

Toyota and Ford are neck-to-neck (or maybe it should be hood-to-hood) in adopting renewable-based materials and chemicals for their automobiles.

Ford announced that it has teamed up with Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM) for the use of gaskets and seals made from 25% post-consumer particulate from recycled tires and 17% soybean-based materials on Ford's 2011 model vehicles such as F-150, Escape, Mustang, Focus and Fiesta.

More than 2.2m pounds of rubber from recycled tires has been made into the RPM seals and gaskets while 150,000 pounds of soy has been used to create the materials, according to Ford.

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