Ford Adds Bamboo to Its Long List of Renewable Automotive Materials

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world—a fact that is hardly surprising to anyone who has tried to eradicate it from their yard. Some species of bamboo, native to Asia, have become invasive in the United States.

Its weedy nature becomes a positive trait when looking for a renewable resource in bulk, industrial quantities. For manufacturing cars, for instance.

Ford is currently testing bamboo for use in super-strong composite plastics to introduce to new models. Using natural materials to replace synthetic plastics will help Ford cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, vital in the struggle against climate change.

Other renewable materials Ford is using include:

  • Rice hulls
  • Soy-based foam
  • Wheat straw
  • Recycled cotton textiles
  • Recycled plastic bottles
  • Recycled nylon
  • Recycled tires

Visit Liccardi Ford to learn more about Ford Motor Company's efforts to make driving greener for the planet, and see sustainable materials put to use in our new inventory.

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