Ford makes floor mats for its cars from plastic bottlesJune 24, 2019
The American automaker has been actively recycling plastic bottles for quite a long time, caring for the environment. The brand recycles more than a billion disposable bottles per year.
Ford has been using plastic bottles for more than two decades. Recall that this type of garbage is a real environmental hazard: throwing a bottle can do a lot of harm, poisoning the ecosystem and even polluting the world’s oceans. American automaker, wanting to have a positive impact on the environment, decided to use recycled plastic in their cars. According to experts, over the past 20 years, the company has processed 1.2 billion bottles each.
For example, each Ford Ford EcoSport crossover gets floor mats, which took 470 plastic bottles of 0.5 liters to make.
To get car mats out of plastic, disposable bottles together with caps are ground to a powder. Then comes the time of high temperatures – the resulting mass melts at a temperature of about 260 ° C. After that, thin plastic threads are created that are thick like human hair. Fibers are formed from them, from which later the same floor mats are used to “weave” with the help of the latest technologies.
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