Cars made of tomatoes, courtesy Heinz & Ford

Could the car industry benefit from the Heinz ketchup production? Heinz uses two million tons of tomatoes, which stems, seeds, and peelings the company R&D team are constantly looking to repurpose and recycle in an innovative way. Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company have teamed up to explore the use of tomato fibers in developing a sustainable bioplastic material that could be used in vehicle manufacturing. Yes indeed, the researchers are thinking of using dried tomato skins to make wiring brackets or storage bins!

According to Ellen Lee, Plastics Research Technical Specialist for Ford, they 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.”


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