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Borgman Ford in West Michigan proudly stands with Ford on their quest towards a more sustainable future and reducing their carbon footprint. Being headquartered in Michigan themselves, we applaud their efforts for being good stewards of our environment and actively finding ways to help keep Michigan beautiful for generations to come. Most recently, Ford joined forces with McDonald's to produce a bio-plastic for vehicle parts made from coffee beans, making up important parts like headlight housings.

When we think of eco-friendlier vehicles, our attention tends to shift toward the vehicle's fuel economy and emissions. While Ford has made great strides in those areas and it's certainly an important piece of the puzzle, Ford also makes it clear that the materials and processes that go into producing a vehicle are equally important. In this latest article from the Official Ford Media Center, you can read more about this new coffee-based plastic, how McDonald's is making it possible, and watch a fun video. Check it out below!

Double Shot Of Sustainability: Ford And Mcdonald’s Collaborate To Convert Coffee Bean Skin Into Car Parts

Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts such as headlamp housing.
 
Every year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff – the dried skin of the bean – naturally comes off during the roasting process. Together, Ford and McDonald’s can provide an innovative new home to a significant portion of that material. The companies found that chaff can be converted into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets, the material can be formed into various shapes.
 
The chaff composite meets the quality specifications for parts like headlamp housings and other interior and under hood components. The resulting components will be about 20 percent lighter and require up to 25 percent less energy during the molding process. Heat properties of the chaff component are significantly better than the currently used material, according to Ford. This is the first time Ford has used coffee bean skins to convert into select vehicle parts.
 
“McDonald’s commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials research team. “This has been a priority for Ford for over 20 years, and this is an example of jump starting the closed-loop economy, where different industries work together and exchange materials that otherwise would be side or waste products.”

You can read the full story by visiting Media.Ford.com.

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Shop New Ford Vehicles with Sustainable Plastics at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI

If you're looking for a Ford Vehicle this holiday season and want to support an automaker with a strong commitment towards sustainability, visit Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids today! We've been helping auto shoppers in West Michigan find the Ford of their dreams since 1960, and it would be our pleasure to help you find yours.

While we have plenty of fuel-efficient vehicles to choose from including Ford Electric Hybrids, every New Ford Vehicle on our lot has an assortment of materials made from unexpected sources like soybeans, recycled water bottles, and more. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, but will never pressure you into a sale. Take a look at our vast inventory online, check out our Manager Specials, and schedule your test drive today. Come see why we're the Best in the West!
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