Tomatoes as Car Parts? Heinz, Ford Team Up
Idea is to recycle skins, stems into plastic
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2014 4:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Two statements you wouldn't think would be connected: 1) Heinz ends up with a lot of extra tomato parts after making ketchup. 2) Ford Motor Co. needs a lot of material for car parts. The two companies announced today that they're teaming up to try to turn all those tomato skins, seeds, and stems into, yes, auto parts, reports UPI. Think dried skins used for wiring brackets or for the little bins that hold coins, reports the Wall Street Journal.

"Our goal is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time reducing our overall environmental impact," says a Ford research specialist. Both companies already are dabbling in the growing field of using plant-based products in ways the plants never imagined, notes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Heinz, for example, partnered with a Coke a few years ago to put ketchup in bottles made in part with the residue of sugar cane. (Click to read about Ford's major overhaul of the F-150 to make it significantly lighter.)

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Jun 16, 2014 4:32 AM CDT
Wait until Alex Jones hears about this one!
Kay Mann
Jun 13, 2014 4:45 PM CDT
some great comments here. but i want to know why the green nuts and tree huggers are always looking at our food for such things? why no turn to invasive plants that have no useful purpose, grow like weeds, need no care, and destroy other plant life in the process of their unfettered growth. case in point: kudzu. let's find a way to turn that crap into something useful.
Jun 12, 2014 6:57 AM CDT
yeah!! F ix O r R epair D aily just my opinion that they want to "KETCHUP" in the auto industry!! there ya go!!