Recycled and Natural Fibers in Ford Vehicles

Ford seat fabrics are made with 100 percent postindustrial recycled yarns, and cylinder heads are made with EcoLon®, a material comprised of 100 percent recycled carpet.  Use of EcoLon® has resulted in saving more than 4.1 million pounds of carpet from landfills, the equivalent of nearly 154 football fields. Ford also uses the equivalent of roughly two pairs of blue jeans in the carpet backing and sound absorption materials of the Focus.

The company’s efforts don’t stop at simply collecting recyclable materials. Ford uses natural fibers, such as hemp, coconut coir and cellulose in place of glass fibers for plastic reinforcement, resulting in a 30% weight reduction of parts. Ford Motor Company is also committed to finding the right solution for automotive interiors and currently uses a type of plastic, Polylactide, derived from 100% renewable resources such as corn, sweet potatoes, sugar cane or sugar beets.

Join John Viera, the Global Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford Motor Company, at Chicago Green Festival to talk about Ford's current and future electrified vehicle fleet, how organically-based sustainable materials are being incorporated into its vehicles and how Ford is looking to the future of personal mobility.

John Viera will speak on the Drive Green Stage in the Ford Pavilion at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, May 5, and 11am and 4pm on Sunday, May 6.