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Ford turns more than 650MILLION 500ml plastic bottles into carpet for some of its vehicles

Monday 24/June/2019 - 10:10 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited and translated by Ahmed Moamar
Recycling of plastic becomes a complicated challenge nowadays across the planet.
Ford is recycling over one billion plastic bottles every year to develop elements of he car’s interior، reducing the amount of plastic ending up in a landfill.

The American car maker has revealed that their Romanian-built EcoSport SUVs' carpets are made using 470 single-use bottles from recycled plastic bottles.

The combined weight is said to weigh an estimated 8،262 metric tons and، if they were laid end to end، would stretch more than twice around the world، they said.
According to the United Nations Environmental Agency، the world produces around 300 million tons of plastic each year، half of which is single-use items.

Of this total a mere 14 per cent is collected for recycling; only 9 per cent actually gets recycled and 12 per cent is incinerated، which releases highly poisonous fumes.

Reports have indicated that 91 per cent of the plastic manufactured since its invention in the 1950s is still in the environment today.

Plastic doesn’t break down over time and remains in the environment indefinitely.

The process for making Ford EcoSport carpets involves shredding bottles and their caps into tiny flakes and then heating them to 260C.
They are then formed into fibres about the width of a human hair، which are then spun into yarn by stitching multiple fibres together.

The yarn is then woven into carpets.

Since first using recycled plastic in the Mondeo model more than 20 years ago، Ford now recycles 1.2 billion bottles globally per year.

Ford Motor Company published its first Sustainability Report – the first company in the industry to do so. Since then، Ford has spent the last two decades 'moving toward a more sustainable world'.

'We are committed to having a positive impact on the planet and the communities where we live and operate،' said Kim Pittel، the vice president.

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