As part of its commitment to provide consumers with the most ecologically-sustainable vehicles available, Ford Motor Company has become the only automaker to join the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA). Along with the World Wildlife Fund and eight of the world’s top manufacturers, including The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, H.J. Heinz Company, Nestle, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, and Unilever, Ford has vowed to pursue “environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable production of bioplastic feedstocks.”
The main goal of BFA is to ensure the most sustainable cultivation of such feedstocks as sugar cane, corn, bulrush, and switchgrass, which will be used to make bioplastics. Meanwhile, Ford plans to further support research and development of bioplastics that would later be used in its vehicles. The Blue Oval has already garnered national attention for incorporating more environmentally-sustainable materials into its vehicles, such as using rice hulls in the 2014 Ford F-150.
FoMoCo’s commitment to the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance comes on the heels of a just-announced collaboration with Coca-Cola to utilize PlantBottle Technology in a Ford Fusion-Energi research vehicle, which is being displayed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, where Ford also debuted the Ford Edge Concept.