Ford Is Making Car Parts From the Skin of McDonald's Coffee Beans

Coffee was both fuel and muse for automaker's latest innovation

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In a new partnership with McDonald’s, Ford is using coffee chaff—the dried coffee bean skin that comes off during roasting—to build car parts.

The United States produces around 1 million pounds of coffee chaff per week, according to Debbie Mielewski, Ford’s senior technical leader of the sustainability and emerging materials research team. Some of that waste is used for compost or poultry bedding, but a lot of it ends up being burned or in landfills.

“There’s no shortage of chaff,” Mielewski said.

While Ford’s



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