Did you know that the new Ford Bronco Sport is the first vehicle in the world to use recycled ocean plastic for parts? The awesome off-road SUV boasts wiring harness clips made from discarded plastic fishing nets, helping reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean.
“This is another example of Ford leading the charge on sustainability,” said Jim Buczkowski, vice president of research and Henry Ford technical fellow. “It is a strong example of circular economy, and while these clips are small, they are an important first step in our explorations to use recycled ocean plastics for additional parts in the future.”
The process of making the clips is quite a journey. First, partner DSM Engineering Materials fishes discarded nets from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. This plastic waste is cleaned, dried, and turned into small pellets. The pellets are sent to supplier HellermannTyton so that they can be molded into the wiring harness clips.
These clips are then attached to the second-row seats to keep the wires for the SUV’s side-curtain airbags in place. It’s a relatively small part, but it’s a big leap for sustainability.
Ford released the Bronco Sport last year, and it’s been a smash hit ever since. If you love adventure and excitement—even in something like a grocery store run — check out the new Ford Bronco Sport at Shults Ford Harmarville in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.