Monday, May 16, 2011

Revved Up Recycling – Ford Puts Carpet Under the Hood

Revved Up Recycling – Ford Puts Carpet Under the Hood, So to Speak

One growing use for the nylon recovered from post-consumer carpet is to reprocess it back into nylon resins for the plastics industry.

The Ford Motor Company announced recently that it is using an engineered resin made out of 100% recycled nylon from post-consumer carpets to make the cylinder head covers on its Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang and F-150 model vehicles.

This is not the first time an automobile manufacturer has used resins derived from post-consumer carpet to make molded plastic parts for under the hood, but this latest announcement gained a lot of attention. And why not?
According to Ford, it saved 430,000 gallons of oil by recycling old carpet into these new materials – that’s enough carpet diverted from landfills to carpet 154 football fields.

According to a press release from Ford, the
recycled nylon resin is called EcoLon, and it is produced byWellman Engineering Resins, an American-owned and operated company based in South Carolina.

Read the story that ran in USA Today. It's titledFord recycles enough old carpet to cover 154 gridirons.

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