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Ford And McDonald’s Team Up To Make Car Parts Out Of Coffee


Ford is brewing up a new kind of plastic.

The automaker has teamed up with McDonald’s to use the dried coffee bean skins, or chaff, that is typically discarded as waste during the roasting process to create car parts that are lighter and stronger than the ones they replace.

Ford senior materials research scientist Debbie Mielewski says the chaff is blended with polypropylene and replaces talc in the plastic, leading to a 20 percent reduction in weight along with eliminating the need for the mined mineral. It was developed in partnership with Competitive Green Technologies.

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