Ford is now making car parts using waste from McDonald’s coffee
Would you like some headlights in that coffee?
That morning cup of coffee you purchased with your Egg McMuffin may have a connection to the headlights on your new Ford car.
McDonald’s and Ford are collaborating on ways to turn food waste into car parts according to a report on CNBC. The first result of this venture is using coffee chaff, the husk of the bean that comes off during roasting, to make a chaff composite that can be used for interior car components and under the hood.
The first component made using the chaff will be headlamp housings; which are expected to be used in headlamp housings will go into construction by the end of the year for the Lincoln Continental.
Each housing uses chaffs from about 300,000 beans. They should be more durable because the chaff composite can withstand heat better, Debbie Mielewski, senior technical leader of Ford’s sustainability and emerging materials research team told the website.
According to the report, McDonald’s will send a “significant portion” of its North American coffee chaff to Ford. In 2018, the fast-food giant served about 822 million cups of hot McCafe coffee in the United States alone.
Ford and the fast food giant will continue exploring new ways to work together on sustainability efforts — including using more of McDonald’s scraps.
“They must have a lot of ketchup discards — tomato skins and peels and seeds,” Mielewski said in an interview. “What about their French fry potato peels? We’re convinced we can probably do some chemistry and make something out of those as well.”