How Ford’s use of Ecolon has cut its oil consumption by 430,000 gallons

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Did you know the carpet underfoot in homes often ends up in strange places? Well, thanks to Ford's drive to use sustainable materials in its vehicles, some old carpet is landing in an usual spot - the cylinder head covers on vehicles like the Mustang, Fusion, F-150 and Escape.

Wellman Engineering Resins' EcoLon material, a nylon resin made from 100 percent recycled carpet, makes its way over to automotive supplier Dana for injection into molds to make the cylinder head covers for Ford. In order to repurpose the nylon, Wellman grinds used carpeting into fiber and recaptures the material through a patented process.

Ford's use of EcoLon has, according to the automaker, saved more than 4.1 million pounds of carpet from piling up at landfills and has slashed its consumption of oil by 430,000 gallons. The cylinder head covers are but one example of Ford's use of eco-friendly materials in its vehicles. Other products include soy-foam seats, recycled yarns on seat covers and discarded blue jeans for sound-dampening material

[Source: Ford]

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