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Ford Recycles Old Carpet into Cylinder Head Covers

Apr 11 2011, 9:26am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Ford Recycles Old Carpet into Cylinder Head Covers

Recycled material saves carpet from landfill and crude oil

The world is trying to go green and the automotive industry is right at the forefront of the green movement in many instances. We have all sorts of green cars with hybrid powertrain or pure EVs hitting the market. We also have a wide array of very fuel-efficient vehicles that use normal engines.

Green vehicles like these that sip fuel aren’t the only way that automakers are using green materials and techniques in vehicles. Ford is one of the leading makers of automobiles that uses lots of green techniques. The latest green technique Ford is using in its vehicles is a result of recycling. Ford's supplier takes carpeting that would normally end up in a landfill and converts it into a material that can be used to create covers for cylinder heads.

The material Ford uses is called EcoLon and it is made from 100% recycled carpeting. So far, the use of the material by Ford has kept 4.1 million pounds of carpet from landfills. Not only has EcoLon kept carpeting out of the landfills, it has also reduced the need for oil to make other materials as well. Ford's use of EcoLon has resulted in a reduction in oil consumption of about 430,000 gallons.

The cover is the first of its kind to be made from post-consumer recycled nylon and the material is used in the Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang, and F-150. The EcoLon material comes from a company called Wellman Engineering Resins and the covers are made for Ford by Dana Holding Corporation. If you have a Fusion or Escape with the 3L Duratec engine or a Mustang or F-150 with the 5.0 V8, you have this material in your car.

"By working with Wellman and Dana, Ford has found a way to bring green applications to a new, unique location in our vehicles," said Brett Hinds, Ford manager, engine design. "This single use has made an incredible impact, and we're continuing to look for ways to expand the use."

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