That first cup of coffee in the morning is usually our favorite part of the day. Now it looks like Fords will also be getting a caffeine boost. Through a partnership with McDonalds, Ford Motor Company will be using the husks of McDonald’s coffee beans to make car parts. Coffee chaff is the skin that comes off of the beans during the roasting process. With the use of the coffee skins, Ford auto parts will be 20% lighter and will require 25% less energy during the molding process. The first parts to incorporate the coffee chaff include headlamp housings and other interior and under hood components.
Notable Quotes: “McDonald’s commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability,” – Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials research team.