New York (CNN Business) Ford has tapped McDonald’s to help it turn coffee parts into car parts.
Starting this year, Ford is incorporating coffee chaff — coffee bean skin that comes off during the roasting process — into the plastic headlamp housing used in some cars. It’s asked McDonald’s, which doesn’t roast its own coffee, to connect it with suppliers.
Traditionally, Ford uses plastic and talc to make its headlamp housing, explained Debbie Miewelski, senior technical leader of materials sustainability for Ford. The coffee version is more sustainable because it’s lighter and doesn’t use the talc which, as a mineral, isn’t renewable.
The partnership between Ford () and McDonald’s ( ) is an example of how brands with distinct sustainability initiatives can work together.
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