Ford Bronco Sport Is First Vehicle to Use Components from 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic

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Ford Bronco Sport Is First Vehicle to Use Components from 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic

It’s a small part, but an important one. Ford announced today its claim that the new Bronco Sport will be the first production vehicle to include components made from 100 percent recycled ocean plastic. The recycled parts are tiny—little wiring harness clips that weigh around five grams, Ford said—but they remind us that Ford has said one of its environmental targets is to someday use 100 percent sustainable materials in its vehicles.

But that’s all in the future. Today, Ford is talking about little clips that connect to wires on the sides of the second-row seats as well as near the side-curtain airbags in the new Bronco Sport. Ford said that this “ghost gear,” so named because it comes from discarded nylon fishing equipment that is collected, in this case, from the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, is as strong and reliable as new petroleum plastic harness clips. The recycled plastics also represent a 10 percent cost savings compared to petroleum clips, and they require less energy to make, Ford said. Ford vice president of research Jim Buczkowski said in a statement that the clips are “a strong example of circular economy.”

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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