Tomato Peels in Motor Mounts?

Aug. 14, 2019

Researchers are looking into ways to incorporate compostable materials into auto parts.

Aug. 14, 2019—Researchers are looking at how auto parts might be sources from organic waste products.

Autoblog wrote about the subject, which included an Automotive News article that suggests tomato peels could be ground up to into production of things like suspension bushings, motor mounts, tires and hoses.

The idea is that these products, like the peels or egg shells, can be strong enough to be alternatives to less environmentally friendly carbon black components that go into those parts. It could also make the auto parts themselves easier to recycle.

Autoblog points out that ideas like this have already been in production. The 2008 Ford Mustang featured soybean-based seat foam. 

The Automotive News report says that "at least one major automaker" is in on this research.