Monday, September 15, 2014

Tomato skins as car parts?

PITTSBURGH—Ford Motor Co. and the H.J. Heinz Co. are teaming up on research to turn tomato skins into auto parts.
Scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibres to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars, instead of petroleum-based plastics.

Ford said it is trying to speed up attempts to create a “a 100 percent plant-based plastic to be used to make everything from fabric to packaging.”
Heinz, meanwhile, was looking to recycle the leftover parts of the nearly two million tonnes of tomatoes it uses each year to make ketchup.

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