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GM waste reduction

GM Drives Closed-Loop Manufacturing, Recycles Water Bottles for Car Parts

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles, collected from five of its Michigan facilities, are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless. The automaker says while all of its … Read more »

Gecko toe pads

Ford Looks to Lizards to Increase Recyclability, Improve Adhesives

Ford is looking to create adhesives inspired by the gecko. The automaker will also work with Procter & Gamble, sharing research findings as both companies look to biomimicry for a host of business solutions. Ford says a key sustainable challenge in making autoparts is glue used to adhere foams to plastics … Read more »

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Polartec Recycles Its Billionth Plastic Bottle

Textile company Polartec has recycled its billionth plastic bottle. In 2014, more than 60 percent of Polartec’s domestic production used recycled yarns. These textiles are used in every fabric platform including Polartec Power Shield, Power Dry, Power Wool, Power Grid and Alpha. Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Cabela’s, … Read more »

Ford Repreve

Ford Uses Recycled Materials in 2015 F-150

Ford will use Repreve fiber, made from 100 percent recycled materials including plastic bottles, in its 2015 F-150. The automaker says this will divert more than 5 million plastic bottles from landfills this year. Since 2012, Ford has worked with Unifi to use Repreve in its vehicles. The company currently uses the recycled material in … Read more »

2013 Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion Uses Recycled-Materials Fabrics

Ford Fusion is the first global vehicle program to use seat fabric made from recycled material, with the potential to recycle enough plastic bottles and post-industrial waste to make 1.5 million yards of fabric annually, the automaker says. The amount of recycled material in each all-new Fusion (known as Mondeo … Read more »