This article brought to you courtesy of Jeff Feller of Canby Ford. Canby Herald Automotive Insider Expert.

Jeff Feller

According to the United Nations, every minute consumers buy 1 million plastic bottles around the world.

As most plastics go un-recycled and as people and governments around the world increase efforts to curb plastic use, Ford is increasing the use of recycled plastic bottles that are turned into vehicle parts.

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. Ford is promoting environmentally friendly parts by using recycled plastic bottles for underbody shields on all cars and SUVs, and wheel liners on F-Series trucks.

"The underbody shield is a large part, and for a part that big, if we use solid plastic, it would likely weigh three times as much," said Thomas Sweder, design engineer, Ford Motor Company. "We look for the most durable and highest performing materials to work with to make our parts, and in this case, we are also creating many environmental benefits."

Ford uses about 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles per year, that's an average of 250 bottles per vehicle.

Using recycled plastics on vehicle parts reduces the amount of plastic that ends up in rivers, oceans and even Arctic ice. "Ford is among the leaders when it comes to using recycled materials such as this, and we do it because it makes sense technically and economically as much as it makes sense for the environment," says Sweder.

Stop into Canby Ford and check out Ford's environmentally friendly cars and trucks.

Canby Ford

24315 Hwy 99E

Canby, OR 97013