Home / Auto News / News article: Ford Escape Gets Greener Thanks To Plant-Based Door Bolsters - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jan 27 2012, 7:00 PM

Ford is making some impressive headway in its use of green materials. Earlier this year, the automaker announced that it would be using recycled bottles for making the seating material found in the Escape’s interior. Now, Ford will be using a south Asian plant in the construction of the Escape’s doors.

The plant, which is called kenaf, will be used to make the interior bolster on each door of the Escape. Kenaf is generally used for making paper, but its fibers have been used to create rope and cloth. For the Escape, the plant will be mixed 50/50 with polypropylene (a commonly used thermoplastic polymer) to construct the bolsters.

Thanks to this eco-friendly move, this will offset 300,000 pounds of oil-based resin every year. Plus, by using kenaf, the Escape will lose a little weight, as the bolsters will be 25 percent lighter.

We look forward to seeing what other green initiatives Ford has up its sleeve for the Escape. Would you be more or less likely to buy an Escape now that it’s being made with greener materials? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Source: Good Clean Tech]