Bio Babes of Ford Motor Company are Green Moms!

Bio Babes of Ford Motor Company are Green Moms!

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I’m so excited to show this to you, especially since there’s so much sad and depressing news surrounding Ford and the auto industry. Erin from Queen of Spain Blog posted about the trouble in Detroit and her grandfather being in the auto industry. It made me tear up, I can relate. On two levels, living in Michigan and having a grandfather like hers.

On a greener more up beat note I am excited to share a video on moms making a difference in the auto industry and for the environment.  A few months ago when I was first was turned onto the Ford Flex, took a test drive (unsolicited) and started emailing and tweeting with Scott Monty the head social guru for Ford, he told me about the Bio Women and what they were working on. I knew they were headed in the green direction and I posted on this recently but finally I can share more detail with you.

Before I forget, head over to Blogher and leave a question for Ford Motor Company’s Susan Cischke-and I want your questions. Cischke is Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering where she is responsible for establishing Ford’s “long range sustainability strategy and environmental policy.”

For the five women on Ford’s biomaterials team, ‘green’ means a material that is sustainable. That’s why this innovative group of moms designed the first-ever recyclable, soy vehicle seat. But why would you want to sit on a soybean?

*There are 300 pounds of plastic in the average vehicle.
*Traditional plastic materials can spend more than1000 years in a land fill.
*Soy seats are composed of natural hemp and soybean fibers, and degrade within 90-120 days when put in a compost pile.
*Soy seats are 20-30% lighter than traditional plastic composites, which is great for fuel economy too!

Watch this video and learn more about these kick butt moms and what they are doing to make a difference for the environment and for Ford. I know I’m excited and knowing that soy beans can be harvested in Michigan I’m really happy for the Michigan farmers.

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for Freshbaby.com and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.

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  • EcoInsomniac

    This is awesome. I knew Ford was in pretty good shape but I never knew it had a group of green moms on its side. I can’t wait to see what comes out of their lab after we’ve gotten soy foam seats in the car!

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  • You know the U.S. auto industry has not been given the kudos it deserves. Many people here in California seem to only look to Toyota to give them their eco-car but Ford has really stepped up (and Chevy too, sorry).
    But my comment is more about Michigan. My husband is from Michigan and his family still lives there. Just in the 14 years I have known them I have watched Michigan’s people suffer at the hands of the auto industry, economy and the NFL Lions (the last one is a joke for Lions fans, sorry. My hubby is a fan still). Anyway, when I visit Michigan and realize how high their unemployement rate is yet see such a potential for industry there I hurt for that beautiful state and my family. I hope Ford can bring back some needed jobs and industry to the state and maybe Michigan can be touted as a green state.

  • @Alison Thanks for giving a shout out to us Michigan people because unless you are here or have seen the decline…you just don’t know. It’s rough here. I’m in Northern Michigan where it is very rural and even worse. Factories are relocating and entire towns are out of work. I work with families who are suffering and so are their children.

    I’m with you on hoping that the tides will change.

  • Michigan and my state of Ohio have to be about the most economically depressed states in the whole country and ironically are right together. As you said all the factories and businesses are leaving and it makes it hard to live and work in either of these states. I can name at least 5 huge companies that have left the small city where I live even…all we have left is a popcorn factory, a Whirlpool (which just laid off 600 workers), and a WalMart. I worry for the future. 🙁

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  • It’s a compelling story isn’t it?! We visited the biobabes in Dearborn earlier this month – and they seem to be up to some highly innovative stuff. In fact, there’s a wider story of the soy bean and it’s association with the Ford Motor company, which stems right from 100 years ago with Henry Ford and the Model T, runs through the Model U concept vehicle and then to today and the work the bio babes are doing. You might be interested in our (admittedly, somewhat homemade!) video about it – which includes the biobabes, here:
    http://blip.tv/file/1594143

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  • Ford the best car 🙂