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Packaging culture and the circular economy

Packaging culture is rapidly turning into a trend. In some places, you can now eat your food along with the package. Designers are finding as many alternatives to plastic as possible: bowls made of mushrooms, bags from cassava starch. But are we ready to accept them?

They’re part of the “circular economy” that eschews linear “take, make, waste” models leading from manufacturing plant to supermarket, consumer to landfill. The circular economy instead promotes reuse, repair and recycle (R3) thinking.

It ultimately creates a path that’ll cut single-use plastics, end mindless consumption and tackle climate change, helping save the planet.

– Naina Gupta, The Dubai 100

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From recycling bin to underbody skin: Ford recycles 1.2 billion plastic bottles every year for underbody vehicle parts

Ford recycles plastic

Ford was the first automaker to use recycled plastics for wheel liners on the European Escort. Over the last 12 years, aerodynamics has driven the need for underbody shields with the use of plastics in vehicle parts.

When you recycle, do you ever wonder where all that plastic ends up?

Ford Motor Company is playing a major role in promoting environmentally friendly auto parts. By using recycled plastic bottles for underbody shields on all cars and SUVs, and wheel liners on F-series trucks, Ford uses about 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles per year – about 250 bottles per vehicle on average.

Due to its light weight, recycled plastic is ideal for the manufacture of underbody shields, engine under shield and front and rear wheel arch liners that can help improve vehicle aerodynamics, which effects fuel efficiency.

– Thomas Sweder, Ford Motor Company