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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Features InterfaceFABRIC Interior

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Made from soda bottle resin, the 100 percent post-industrial recycled polyester fabric featured in the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid is the result of a collaboration between teams at Ford and InterfaceFABRIC to create a more sustainable solution to fabric seating that meets both the auto maker’s and the customer’s expectations for beauty, durability and performance. The new upholstery, unveiled today at the L.A. Auto Show, features an innovation in backcoating technology that minimizes the use of traditional chemicals in favor of a new, phosphorous based flame retardant created by InterfaceFABRIC for Ford.

“Like Ford, InterfaceFABRIC is invested in a long-term, far-reaching journey to sustainability that is not about one product or one process but about the whole system of manufacturing and the entire life cycle of each product,” said Mark LaCroix, vice president of global sustainability for InterfaceFABRIC. “Partnering with a like-minded company opens new doors to research and innovation that will improve our ability to make more sustainable products. This recycled fabric, with its more benign backcoating chemistry, is an example of that.”

The bolster and seating fabrics – named “Eco” and “Nature” – are a dobby weave that is piece-dyed in six colorways exclusive to Ford. The fabric is constructed from a polyester created from off-quality soda bottle resin.

Also unique to this fabric construction is a more environmentally friendly backcoating that eliminates more commonly used “reportable” flame retardants (decabrome and antimony trioxide) in favor of phosphorous based retardants, which is typical of InterfaceFABRIC’s preference for materials that go beyond compliance and reporting. InterfaceFABRIC employs a rigorous screening via the company’s proprietary Dye and Chemical Protocol – a systematic method of evaluating all the ingredients in all the materials used to manufacture fabrics to ensure they meet the highest possible environmental standard.

Via: (Interface, Inc.)

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

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