Ford--envisioning and implementing “farm-to-car” green initiatives with dandelions, agave, eggshells

Oct 19, 2017

Janice Tardiff (Left) Debbie Mielewski in their R&D lab at Ford's Research and Innovation Center, Dearborn Michigan
Credit THOMAS WILMER

Your new Ford might just come equipped with repurposed U.S. currency, flax, wheat, agave fibers, and a litany of organic auto parts. Ford’s tenacious quest to utilize sustainable materials includes a brilliant farm-to-car supply chain that’s already in place at the Ontario, Canada Ford plant utilizing wheat-straw produced by local farmers. Janice Tardiff, Elastomeric Materials Technical Expert, and Deborah Mielewski Ph.D., take us on a tour at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center labs in Dearborn, Michigan