Coffee chaff, the coffee bean skin that comes off during the roasting process, is now being used to create Ford car parts. For the project, Ford is partnering with McDonald's to turn coffee into car parts, specifically plastic headlamp housing. Although McDonald's doesn't roast its own coffee, the fast food chain connects the automotive company with its suppliers so that the waste product can be repurposed.
Ordinarily, Ford uses plastic and talc—a non-renewable mineral—to create housing for its car headlamps but the new version made with coffee waste is lightweight and more sustainable.
Ford has been using organic and waste materials for many years now—including waste from wheat, coconut and tomato. In the future, even more car parts have the potential to be partially made with coffee chaff.