Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ford to use coffee bean skins from McDonald's to make car parts

Ford to use coffee bean skins from McDonald's to make car parts

Ford Motor Company and McDonald's U.S., in collaboration with existing partners Varroc Lighting Systems, which makes headlamps for Ford, and Competitive Green Technologies, which processes coffee chaffs, will work together to reduce waste by reusing it. Along with decreasing meals waste, the hassle will make automobile components lighter, use much less petroleum, and decrease Carbon dioxide emissions.

According to the two companies, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the dried skin of the bean) are dumped every year.

"McDonald's commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability", said Debbie Mielewski of Ford. The process includes heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets. By the end of the year, the chaff composite will form part of the housing for headlights on the Lincoln Contiental, but it sounds like there are other opportunities to integrate the composite for interior vehicle parts and under the hood as well.

McDonald's is expected to direct a significant portion of its coffee chaff in North America to Ford to be incorporated into vehicle parts.

The resulting elements are about 20 percent lighter than traditional parts.

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Coffee chaff is the name given to a papery skin that comes off of a coffee bean during the roasting process.

Ford has tapped McDonald's to help it turn coffee parts into auto parts. Like Ford, McDonald's also wants to incorporate renewable and recycled materials into its products. At a time when many companies are trying to reduce carbon emissions and environmental footprints, Ford's experimentation with coffee chaff makes flawless sense. The partnership between Ford and McDonald & # 39; s is an example of how brands with different sustainability initiatives can work together.

McDonald's recently achieved its goal of sourcing all of its United States coffee sustainably, one year ahead of schedule, and is also working with competitors to develop more environmentally friendly coffee cups.

The coffee bean run-off can be used to create otherwise nondescript plastic bits, under the bonnet and for headlight surrounds. Ford employs approximately 191,000 people worldwide.

Ford (F) has partnered up with McDonald's (MCD) to begin offering a caffeine-infused approach to auto parts. The coffee chaff is right in front of us.

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