As part of an interesting collaboration between the two, McDonald’s will pass on coffee scraps to Ford to make the latter one that might be in your next vehicle
Probably the only common denominator between the Ford automaker and the McDonald’s fast-food chain is the fact that both are American companies (and drive-throughs).
But that didn’t stop the two from joining together and embarking on an interesting and environmentally friendly collaboration, in which Ford would make McDonald’s leftovers a raw material to use in its automotive manufacturing process.
The garbage of one is the gold of the other
Along with the avocado that has become a symbol of Millennials in recent years, so too has the coffee cup become an integral part of many of us. But that innocent cup of coffee, especially if you buy it at a coffee shop and use it once, produces quite a bit of trash.
Furthermore, as part of the coffee roasting process, every year millions of pounds of chaff, Paul Coffee’s peel, accumulate and are usually thrown in the trash as they are of no use.
As part of the new initiative of the two, Ford and McDonald’s are offering a new home for the same pile of chaff, and have found a way to convert the food giant’s coffee scraps into durable material used by the automaker.
For this to happen, bring the chaff to a high temperature and ensure that during the process its oxygen level remains low, and mix the extract with plastic and other additives.
Eventually, this compound forms a kind of spherical, with which you can play and create different shapes, as needed.
The end result promises to meet the quality and durability requirements of each vehicle, and the compound is suitable for manufacturing parts such as headlight envelopes, vehicle interior components and those located under the hood.
Also, while being more environmentally friendly, they are also 20% lighter and consume up to 25% less energy in the production process.
McDonald’s has already announced that it will transfer to Ford a significant portion of its chaff leftovers in North America, and the first vehicle expected to inaugurate the friendly component is the Ranger, the company’s smallest pickup truck. Later, the plan is to integrate the component into additional vehicles.
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