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Seat Fabric In All-New Ford Focus Electric Uses Waste To Create A Better World

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Ford is the first automaker to use REPREVE® branded fiber in the seat fabric for the all-new Focus Electric
  • REPREVE is a polyester fiber made from a hybrid blend of recycled materials including used plastic water bottles and post-industrial waste
  • Through the use of REPREVE, each all-new Ford Focus Electric keeps 22 plastic bottles out of landfills

Sitting on empty plastic bottles while driving or riding in a car would be less than ideal. That's not the case when it comes to the all-new Ford Focus Electric, as it features seat fabric made of recycled material that includes the equivalent of more than 20 plastic bottles per car.

The fiber – called REPREVE® – is made from a hybrid blend of recycled materials and manufactured by Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), a global leader in sustainable textile solutions.

Unifi officials say 22 plastic, 16-ounce water bottles are used in the seat fabric of a single Focus Electric. The figure is based on the amount of REPREVE branded fiber used in the production of fabric in each vehicle.

Ford is the first automaker to use REPREVE branded fiber in its seat fabric.

"What better vehicle than the Focus Electric to put seat fabric made of recycled materials?" said Carol Kordich, lead designer of Sustainable Materials for Ford. "Not only does the use of this fabric in Focus Electric help reduce waste, it also helps to offset the need to produce new raw material from crude oil – a process that consumes precious energy and natural resources."

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is green in other ways, too. Focus Electric runs on battery power alone, requiring no gasoline and producing zero carbon dioxide emissions.

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