Coffee beans and car parts may not seem like a natural fit, but when two companies are both striving for sustainability in every aspect of their business, a bit of magic can happen.

Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using a familiar staple in the morning routine — coffee beans — in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.

Why coffee? Every year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff, the dried skin of the bean, comes off naturally during the roasting process. Together, Ford and McDonald’s have come up with an innovative way to utilize a significant portion of that material.

“McDonald’s commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials research team. “This has been a priority for Ford for over 20 years, and this is an example of jump-starting the closed-loop economy, where different industries work together and exchange materials that otherwise would be side or waste products.”


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