Researchers will explore using the fruit’s fibres to make composite materials.
Scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibres to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.
Ford says it began working with Heinz, The Coca-Cola Company, Nike Inc. and Procter & Gamble to speed up attempts to create a “a 100% plant-based plastic to be used to make everything from fabric to packaging.”
Meanwhile, Heinz was looking to recycle the leftover parts of the nearly two million tonnes of tomatoes Heinz uses to make ketchup each year.
The companies say the technology has been validated, but still needs to be refined.