Since the 2009 model year, any new Ford seat fabric has been required to contain at least 25 percent recycled content. Some vehicles, such as the Fusion Hybrid SE, already have fabrics made from 100 percent recycled material. Fender splash shields and other underbody components in every 2013 Ford Fusion use plastic made from recycled car battery casings. Materials for this model are also derived from recycled plastic bottles, blue jeans, and soybeans. (Source: Ford)
Plastic bags can become useful as either raw materials for plastics or feedstock for fuel. It's when they're not recycled that they become a major problem. That's what California's bag ban will prevent.
NASA's JPL and Caltech have achieved the mind-boggling feat of 3D printing multiple metals in a single end-part, grading from one alloy to another. They've also developed a method for combining metals with carbon fiber composites in end-production parts.
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