In October, Ford announced that the carpeting in every Escape sport utility vehicle it builds will incorporate 25 recycled 20-ounce plastic bottles. This is the first time the automaker has used this type of carpeting in an SUV. The bottle-based fibers were incorporated to help reduce wear and improve sustainability. Based on the automaker's year-to-date sales, as many as 4 million bottles could be diverted from landfills by incorporating them into the Escape's carpeting.
Ford previously has focused on increasing the use of recycled, bio-based, and nonmetal materials in its vehicles. For example, the company has included soy foam in seat cushions and head restraints, castor oil foam in instrument panels, recycled resins in underbody systems, recycled yarns in seat covers, plastic made of natural fibers in interior components, and wheat straw in different plastics.