McDonald's Is Giving Ford Coffee Waste

Ford Motor Company and McDonald's will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost.

Every year, millions of pounds of coffee waste are turned into mulch or charcoal. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under specific conditions, it can be mixed with plastics and formed into various shapes to reinforce vehicle parts.

By using otherwise discarded McDonald's coffee chaff, Ford can make some products around 20-percent lighter and provide up to 25-percent energy savings during the molding process. McDonald's plans to divert a large portion of its coffee chaff to Ford to be incorporated into vehicle parts.


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