FORD, JOSE CUERVO TO MAKE CAR PARTS FROM AGAVE
Ford's FarmToCar initiative, which seeks to integrate more sustainable plant-based materials in the construction of its cars and trucks, is getting another boost, thanks to a partnership with iconic tequila distiller Jose Cuervo. The making of tequila from the agave plant results in the production of a byproduct of agave fibers, some of which end up as compost for future agave crops, and some going to local artisans to use as a craft material. But perhaps someday soon, your new Ford vehicle may include some of this agricultural waste in the form of bioplastic, which is a less harmful material than petroleum-based plastics.Ford has a long history of experimenting with different renewable materials in its vehicles, from the WWII-era soy/hemp plastic Ford prototype car to today's inclusion of plant-based materials such as soy foam, kenaf fiber, wheat straw, castor oil, coconut fiber, etc,. in some of its car and truck components.