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Old 01-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default Ford packs plant material into doors of Escape

Another day, another boast from Ford about how it is trying to put "green" recyclable materials in its vehicles.Today, Ford is making hay about how it is putting plant material in the door of the next Ford Escape. In particular, the stuff is called kenaf.

Ford says kenaf is a tropical plant that looks similar to bamboo and is related to cotton. The plant replaces oil-based materials inside the doors of the all-new Ford Escape.

The Escape will not use all that much of it, but every pound could help. Use of kenaf is anticipated to offset 300,000 pounds of oil-based resin per year in North America.

"Kenaf and the other renewable materials in the Escape have made the vehicle more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient," said Laura Sinclair, materials engineer for Escape.

Kenaf oil is used in cosmetics and kenaf fiber is used as an alternative to wood in the production of paper. The upper leaves and shoots of the plant are edible.

The kenaf is combined with polypropylene in a 50-50 mixture inside the door of the Escape. International Automotive Components (IAC) manufactures the door bolsters in Greencastle, Ind.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:23 AM   #3
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wait, so we like killing trees again?
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #4
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^^^^ lol

on a side note, damn the new Escape looks good.

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Originally Posted by choloman05 View Post
wait, so we like killing trees again?
Only the ones that grow back as quickly - or moreso - than they're harvested.
That's the "sustainable" part.
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