Seven Recycled Products that could be part of your Car

Car companies are jumping on the sustainability bandwagon.

Several car companies are incorporating recycled goods as part of the manufacturing of their vehicles.  Ford, Toyota, Mazda, GM, Chevy, Honda and Nissan are the leading companies in this recycling revolution.

Did you know that any of the following could be part or your car?

Denim: Your old, or new, ripped jeans are part of the carpets that line the back of a Ford Focus and a ‘Buick Verano.’  Your favorite skinny jeans could also be used for the sound-absorbing material in your car’s interior.

Carpet: The nylon from recycled carpet is being used by Ford of on the cylinder head covers of the engines in some of Ford’s vehicles.

Wood Fibers: Although it cannot currently be found in cars today, Ford is working to use wood fibers behind the cloth in their doors.  The wood fibers reduce the overall weight of the door in addition to reducing sound.

Water Bottles: Fibers from the caps of water bottles are being used by Nissan to help make the dashboards and other sound insulation layers.

Cardboard: GM uses recycled cardboard to be used for the backing of their headliners in cars such as the Buick La Crosse and the Veranno.  About 21, 600 tonnes of cardboard was recycled last year by GM.

Corn: Corn is not just a tasty side for a summer picnic.  Honda is using corn to make resin for their cars.  The resin is extracted from a plant-based fiber rather than one made from petroleum and other synthetic fibers.

Oil Spill Booms: Chevy has taken a positive approach to recycling the growing number of soak absorbent oil spill booms.   The oil spill booms are being used as air deflecting baffles around the radiators of Chevy Volts.  According to Waste Management World, “These deflectors constitute 25 percent plastic boom, 25 percent recycled tires, 25 percent packaging plastic and the remaining 25 percent are extracted from polymers and post-consumer recycled plastic.”

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