Ford Bronco Sport, world’s first car with 100% ocean plastic parts
Plastic in the ocean is a huge environmental concern, experts say, and it’s growing rapidly. The new Ford Bronco Sport is doing its part by using wire harness connectors made from 100% recycled ocean plastic, and this is just the first step in what Ford hopes will be a sea change in the way the automaker works. automobile supplies plastic.
It’s not just litter and poorly contained landfills that introduce plastic pollution into the world’s saltwater bodies. Plastic also enters the ocean from sources such as modern sports fabrics, which lose microplastic material into the world’s oceans every time they are machine washed. Even the global fishing industry has started using plastic nets and other plastic gear that can easily end up in the ocean.
In total, Ford says up to 13 million metric tonnes of plastic enter the ocean from land each year, citing research from Pew Charitable Trusts. That’s ignoring ocean plastic introduced by the fishing industry, which is estimated to account for around 10% of all plastic waste from marine sources. Plastic nets are of particular concern, as they often trap and kill fish, sharks, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, and even birds.
This is where Ford chose to source plastic for its 100% recycled ocean plastic wiring clips for the Ford Bronco Sport. A company by the name of DSM Engineering Materials harvests nylon fishing nets thrown in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, turning the material into dried granules which are then injection molded by supplier Ford HellermonTyton in the form of the connector. of wire harness.
The wire harness connector, which clips onto the side of the second row seat and powers the Ford Bronco Sport’s side curtain airbags, represents the first automotive use of parts made from 100% recycled ocean plastic – and this no. is just the start.
“This is a good example of a circular economy,” says Jim Buczkowski, vice president of research at Ford, “and although these clips are small, they are an important first step in our explorations to use ocean plastics. recycled for additional parts in the future. “