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Ford uses a tropical plant to reduce the weight of its vehicles

This is the Kenaf

Kenaf, a tropical plant of the family of cotton and okra, is used to replace oil-based materials in the doors of the new Ford Escape.

In North America, it is expected that the use of ecological materials will reduce annually one of nearly 140,000 pounds of oil-based resin.

Kenaf reduces the weight of the doors 25 percent, while improving the fuel economy.

The kenaf is also used in cosmetics, and the kenaf fiber can replace wood in the manufacture of paper and paperboard. Its leaves are also edible.

Kenaf oil is also used in cosmetics, and the kenaf fiber can replace wood in papermaking. The upper leaves and shoots of the plant are edible.

The kenaf is combined with polypropylene in a mixture of equal parts 50/50 was inside the gates of Escape. International Automotive Components (IAC) manufactures the elements of door Greencastle, Indiana.

Among the recycled materials, renewable and that reduce impact on the environment include: soy foam in the seats and head restraints; plastic bottles and post-consumer and post-industrial materials in the carpeting; seals for systems of heating and air conditioning factories recycled tires; and 5 kg of waste recycled cotton jeans.

The most widespread use of recycled materials and recyclable more ecological Complete the fuel economy in mind Class awaited all-new Ford Escape, adding to its portfolio ecologically responsible.

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