The Ford Bronco Sport SUV is the first car to feature 100% recycled ocean plastics. In the future, the range of items made from such recyclable materials will become wider.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with reference to the Ford press service.
Ford became the first carmaker to use plastic trash caught in oceans for the production of auto parts. The clamps for the wiring harness in the Bronco Sport cabin are made of it. Lost or discarded fishing nets are the main source of plastic extraction.
The American automaker says recycled nylon is as strong and durable as previously used parts. Recycling of plastic allows the company to save up to 10% on costs and consume less energy for production. More importantly, this initiative can help cleanse an ocean that desperately needs our help.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, up to 13 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. DSM Engineering Materials is driving job creation by collecting as much of this plastic as possible from the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. The company supplies ocean-caught plastics to many industries. Ford became the first carmaker.
Discarded nylon fishing nets are collected, the plastic is rinsed with seawater, dried and extruded to form small pellets, which are then injection molded into properly shaped clamps. The clamps weigh about five grams and are attached to the sides of the second row of Bronco Sport to guide the wires feeding the side airbags.