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.
‘By working with our partners and suppliers to find solutions that protect the planet and make people’s lives better, we can make an even bigger impact and reach our goals together.’
Earlier this year, Ford committed that all the company’s future nameplates would include an electrified option.
In April, the company unveiled an extensive range of 16 electrified models for Europe that are designed to help make cities cleaner and quieter by increasingly use of more environmentally friendly electric power.
Last month, they partnered with startup Agility Robotics to create a two-legged robot called ‘Digit’ that can ferry packages to your doorstep.
Ford’s robot is capable of lifting packages that weigh 40lbs, so it can deliver your pizza, Amazon package or groceries straight to your doorstep.