Next time you throw away a plastic bottle, it may not be going to a landfill. It may be going into a new F-150. Sound weird? We’ll explain.
For the past few years, Ford Motor Company has been working with a company named Unifi to bring REPREVE fiber to many Ford vehicles. It’s now incorporated into the ’15 F-150. REPREVE is made from 100 percent recycled materials, including plastic bottles. Ford says it is the only automaker to use REPREVE and by substituting with this recycled material, more than five million plastic bottles will be diverted from landfills in 2015. That’s a lot of plastic bottles.
“By using REPREVE in the all-new Ford F-150, we are reconfirming our commitment to using renewable and recyclable materials in our vehicles,” said Carol Kordich, lead designer, global sustainability materials strategy development. “We are always looking for ways to incorporate more innovative and sustainable materials into our vehicles.”
So does this mean you can drop off your plastic bottles at your local Ford dealer? Nope. Does this mean that your new F-150 will smell like a soft drink? Nope. We just spent time with a new F-150 and there was no indication that any of the quality materials were former plastic bottles.
Now if Ford could only find a way to recycle and use the mountains of junk mail…