Ford Motor Company (F) And Coca-Cola Join Forces To Build Plastics From Plants

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Coca-Cola are collaborating on a new venture to use less plastic for their products.  The two companies will showcase their work at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.  Ford Motor Company and Coca-Cola is working together to make seat fabric out of recycled plastic soda bottles.

Ford has been using fabric that is made out of recycled plastics for a while now, but Coca-Cola is now making bottles that combines plastic and plant-based materials.  Coca-Cola has created 18 billion PlantBottle containers since 2009, which has saved 400,000 barrels of oil in 28 countries combined.

“By using PlantBottle technology in a plug-in hybrid, Ford and Coca-Cola are showing the broad potential to leverage renewable materials that help replace petroleum,” stated John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford.

By using PlantBottle interior fabrics for most models, Ford would be able to displace nearly 4 million pounds of traditional plastics.  This could save 295,000 gallons of gasoline and 6,000 barrels of oil.  Ford has already built a prototype using the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is one of the company’s greenest vehicles.

The PlantBottle fabrics was used in the Fusion Energi’s seat cushions, head restraints, seat backs, door panel inserts, and headliners.  This vehicle will be on display at the L.A. Auto Show.