Whilst tomato sauce or ketchup isn’t new to food stands at motoring events, tomato sauce and car parts certainly seems like an odd pairing. However that hasn’t stopped Heinz and Ford from getting creative.
Researchers both at Ford and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibers in developing sustainable, composite materials. Parts like dried tomato skins are able to be made into things like wiring brackets or even get the cheapest self storage areas to hold coins or keys.
However, it isn’t just skins from fruit and vegetables being researched, but also stems and seeds from over two million tons of tomatoes the company uses annually in the USA to produce its Ketchup.
This partnership started almost two years ago, with Coca-Cola, Nike and Procter and Gamble also joining forces to develop items like fabric or product packaging from 100 percent plant-based plastics.
Compared to traditional petroleum-based materials used in products today, these have a lower environmental impact.
So, in the not too distant future, the next generation Ford Mustang could be made partially of tomatoes!