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Are tomato skins to be the new plastic for car interiors?
06-11-2014, 10:31 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Good! Because the last time I rented a new car I could not breathe due to the strong chemical fumes.

Quote:Plant fibers have been used as a reinforcing additive in composite plastics for years, said Eric Beckman, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Flax and hemp are sources of plant fibers used in plastics, he said. “It's fun to think of tomatoes as part of it.”

Heinz said in the statement that it turned to the auto company while searching for ways to recycle the peels, stems and seeds from more than 2 million tons of tomatoes it uses each year to produce its ketchup.

“Although we are in the very early stages of research, and many questions remain, we are excited about the possibilities this could produce for both Heinz and Ford, and the advancement of sustainable 100 percent plant-based plastics,” said Vidhu Nagpal, associate director of packaging research at Heinz.


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06-12-2014, 12:55 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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That's pretty cool. beercheer.gif Those flame retardants and whatever they use are really nasty chemicals.
06-12-2014, 02:45 AM #3
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(06-11-2014, 10:31 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  Good! Because the last time I rented a new car I could not breathe due to the strong chemical fumes.

New cars are a highly toxic brew. Gives me a headache, and does make it hard to breathe.

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06-12-2014, 06:16 PM #4
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new cars - now with improved ketchup scent!

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06-12-2014, 06:41 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Mmm ketchup scent... fatman.gif


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06-12-2014, 06:50 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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İmage

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06-12-2014, 06:54 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh gawd, I googled ketchup scent scream.gif
06-12-2014, 07:43 PM #8
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haha!

just think of how many fast food joints in america would get into the car industry if they could do that new ketchup/car smell.

Ford will have the new McHappy Wheel - fuelled by flatulence and fry grease.

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