20-ounce plastic bottles are being recycled and used in the carpeting of the all-new 2013 Ford Escape
BY DEBBIE MIELEWSKI, PHD
The all-female Ford Biomaterials Research Group (from left) Dr. Cynthia Flanigan, Laura Beyer, Dr. Debbie Mielewski, Dr. Ellen Lee, Angela Harris.
When people think of a car’s defining features – especially those that determine its environmental friendliness – engines and tailpipes usually come to mind, with less attention given to all that’s in between. However, when it comes to reducing a car’s (or any product’s) environmental footprint, a more holistic approach is required. Significant thought must be applied to each detail, and even the materials that comprise each detail. Doing this has been my job (and passion!) for the past 12 years.