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Ford recycles 1.2 billion plastic bottles annually using them in EcoSport SUV interior



Ford recycles 1.2 billion plastic bottles annually using them in EcoSport SUV interior

FORD is recycling over one billion plastic bottles every year to develop elements of the car’s interior, reducing the amount of plastic ending up in a landfill.

By LUKE JOHN SMITH PUBLISHED: 08:01, Thu, Jun 20, 2019


Ford is turning its efforts to recycling to try and reduce the amount of plastic bottle heading to landfill.


The American carmaker is reusing hundreds of bottles to crease carpets for its EcoSport SUV cars.


Each EcoSport SUV that the company produces is fitted with carpets made using 470 single-use plastic drink bottles.


Since Ford launched the EcoSport globally in 2012, it has provided a new lease of life for more than 650 million 500ml bottles, weighing an estimated 8,262 metric tons.


The first time Ford recycle plastic was on the Mondeo 20 years ago. Each year the carmaker reportedly recycles 1.2 billion bottles.


“Consumers have a hugely increased awareness of the harm that simply discarding plastic can do – but we have long been on a mission to increase the proportion of recycled and renewable materials that are used in every new car we make,” said Tony Weatherhead, materials engineer, Ford Motor Company.


Bottles transformed into carpets are shredded into tiny flakes before melted down.


These flakes are heated up to 260°C and melted down before being formed into fibres the width of a single human hair.


Those fibres are spun into a yarn by twisting multiple fibres together – and it is this material that is woven into carpets.


Both the Ford EcoSport and Ford EcoBoost engines are built at Ford’s assembly plant in Craiova, Romania.


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The Ford EcoSport


Ford EcoSport is a compact SUV that’s ready for whatever you throw at it. Fluid handling combined with exceptionally efficient petrol and diesel engines deliver driving fun, while advanced safety features offer reassurance. EcoSport’s airy interior gives passengers generous neck and legroom, climate control and advanced infotainment. The raised stance and aerodynamic, contemporary exterior meanwhile makes a bold statement.




Sporty, athletic and muscular, the Ford EcoSport oozes confidence. Its raised ground clearance gives it a purposeful stance, while stylish alloy wheels and distinctive LED daytime running lights help it stand out from the crowd whatever the setting.



Powered by a range of EcoBoost and TDCi engines with the option of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the EcoSport delivers strong performance for every day motoring. Cruise control with a speed limiter comes fitted as standard on Titanium models and upwards.



The Ford EcoSport Is An Excellent Daily Driver, With A 355-litre Boot, 60 Split-folding Rear Seats And ISOFIX Child Seat Mounting Points On Both Rear Outermost Seats. Roof Bars Also Come As Standard On Titanium And ST-Line Models For A Storage Box.


Living with it

With fuel economy ranging from 48.7 to 68.8mpg combined, the EcoSport is affordable to run in all guises. It has a dynamic driving experience to keep you entertained, and it comes loaded with useful features, such as Ford SYNC 3, to make life easier.



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