Heinz and Ford Collaborate on Developing Tomato-based Materials

In the race to transition over to using more plant-based materials in their vehicles, Ford is collaborating with Heinz and playing ketchup with tomato-based materials. The maker of one of America’s iconic foods, Heinz Ketchup, is working with the Ford Motor Company to find ways to repurpose or recycle the waste products that come from Heinz’ food processing operation, namely tomato skins, seeds, and stems.

“We are exploring whether this food processing byproduct makes sense for an automotive application. Our goal is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time reducing our overall environmental impact.” – Ellen Lee, plastics research technical specialist for Ford

Ford and Heinz Develop Tomato-based Sustainable Material (via Gas 2.0)

The search for sustainable materials has taken Ford to the fibers of tomato skins and the laboratories of Heinz ketchup. It’s an unlikely duo to be sure, but one that could reduce tomato waste products, and give Ford access to a new sustainable material…

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