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 |  Apr 17 2012, 7:15 PM

With high oil prices upon us once again, automakers are looking to new sources of materials when it comes to vehicle component manufacture.

In Ford‘s case, we’ve seen developments like soybeans used in seat covers, recycled denim jeans for sound deadening, even wheat straw for plastic bins and Kenaf (a tropical, cotton derived plant) used for interior door panels.

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