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Tomatoes as Car Parts?

  • June 13, 2014
  • 11:13 am
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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11:06PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

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

10:09AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

great ideas!!

6:38AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014



6:03AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

and ants as wrist watch operators

8:30AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Interesting. What will they think of next?

8:17AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:28PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks for posting.

2:28PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Lol Michelle, well played.

1:58PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

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

1:15PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Thank you :)

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