Ford and Coca Cola unveil PlantBottle fabrics


Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle technology has been applied for the first time beyond polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging as part of the interior fabric of a plug-in hybrid research vehicle.

The Ford Fusion Energi uses PlantBottle technology for seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners, all of which contain up to 30% plant-based materials.

The idea was launched last year, when Ford and Coca-Cola research teams came together to explore innovation opportunities in more sustainable products. Both companies use PET in a variety of products, including plastic bottles, fabrics, nonwovens and carpets. This provided a natural opportunity to bring together both recyclable and renewable technologies.

Since Coca-Cola introduced PlantBottle Technology to the market in 2009 as the first-ever recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants, more than 18bn PlantBottle packages have been distributed in 28 countries, resulting in more than 400,000 barrels of oil saved.

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