According to Ford, "the rice hulls are sourced from farms in Arkansas and will replace a talc-based reinforcement in a polypropylene composite". The new sustainable material adds to a list that already contains six eco-friendly materials, such as recycled cotton, soybeans, recycled carpet, recycled tires, recycled plastic soda pop and water bottles and recycled post-industrial plastics.
“The 2014 F-Series exemplifies our continued efforts to use recycled content in our vehicles,” said John Viera, Ford global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters. “We can have greater impact in this case because of the size and sales volume of this product.”
For more details on rice hull-reinforced plastic check out the company press release below.