While most of us are still trying to figure out how to send more than one photo at once on our smartphones, engineers at Ford just figured out how to make foam out of captured CO2. It’s the latest innovation in a long list that helps to define Ford as one of the greenest and most environmentally-conscious manufacturers on the scene.
While the brand-new technology has yet to be implemented, Ford plans to use the foam made from captured carbon dioxide for seating and underhood material. It will join many other innovative materials already in use in the Ford lineup. They include: recycled tires as mirror gaskets, recycled denim as carpet and coconut fibers for the trunk lining, to just name a few.
Current estimates on CO2 pollution suggest that 2.4 million pounds of the stuff is released into the atmosphere every single second. The situation is dire, to say the least. Ford predicts that using CO2-derived foam will help prevent 600 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.