Tomatoes as Car Parts?

Two statements you wouldn’t think would be connected: 1) Heinz ends up with a lot of extra tomato parts after making ketchup. 2) Ford Motor Co. needs a lot of material for car parts. The two companies announced on Tuesday that they’re teaming up to try to turn all those tomato skins, seeds, and stems into, yes, auto parts, reports UPI. Think dried skins used for wiring brackets or for the little bins that hold coins, reports the Wall Street Journal.

“Our goal is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time reducing our overall environmental impact,” says a Ford research specialist. Both companies already are dabbling in the growing field of using plant-based products in ways the plants never imagined, notes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Heinz, for example, partnered with Coke a few years ago to put ketchup in bottles made in part with the residue of sugar cane. (Click to read about Ford’s major overhaul of the F-150 to make it significantly lighter.)

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84 comments

MJ J.
Past Member about a year ago

REALLY?

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe1 years ago

I would never have thought the 2 would go together, but if it works, - go for it...

Jana DiCarlo
Jana DiCarlo2 years ago

great ideas!!

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Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants2 years ago

and ants as wrist watch operators

Robert O.
Robert O.2 years ago

Interesting. What will they think of next?

Janis K.
Janis K.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Lol Michelle, well played.

Dave C.
Dave C.2 years ago

I used to send my jeans to an organization which would send either for car seats at Ford or for insulation in roofs....