Blog: Lucy BritnerDrinking & Driving? Ford and Jose Cuervo's Tequila cars

Lucy Britner | 19 July 2016

A couple of months ago, US-based Saltwater Brewery developed 'edible six-pack rings' in an effort to curb threats to wildlife.

While a six-pack holder might seem logical, how about a car made out of Tequila plants? Ford and Jose Cuervo have teamed up to see if the byproducts from processing agave plants can be used to develop bioplastics for cars.

Agave plants grow for around seven years before being harvested for Tequila production. The heart of the plant is roasted, mashed up and used for distillation. Jose Cuervo uses a portion of the remaining agave fibres as compost for its farms, while agave paper can be made from the remnants.

Now, as part of the distiller's sustainability plan, Jose Cuervo and Ford are looking to develop a new way to use remnant fibres. Reports so far suggest agave "holds great promise". The automaker already uses eight sustainable-based materials in its vehicles including soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fibre, cellulose, wood, coconut fibre and rice hulls.

Apparently, there are 400lbs of plastic in a typical car, so drink up. 

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