Ford/Heinz making tomato plastic

1280 2 liquiglide ketchup bottleFord and Heinz are teaming up to turn leftover tomato bits into a plant-based plastic for auto parts. (UPI)

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  1. It sounds like a great idea, and I'm all for reducing the use of petroleum-based plastics. The downside is I know from experience that squirrels and chipmunks like to chew insulation and other soy-based parts of automobiles. I imagine this will only make that problem worse.

    If I didn't know better I'd say it was a conspiracy on the part of auto repair places.

  2. How about making the ketchup container out of tomatoes?

  3. It would also have been a great example of local sourcing as well, if Heinz hadn't just closed the ketchup plant it ran 1 hour's drive from Ford HQ.

  4. Because when you begin tampering with nature like that, bad things start to happen.
    First they will start trying to make them as big as possible to increase plastic production, then they will make them stronger, then when you start using them to contain their dead brethren the rebellion begins...

  5. Maybe then they'll keep the Heinz factory open in Leamington, Ontario?
    Cuz when that plant closes... it's gonna be a ghost town (it already kinda is) and what exactly is Leamington supposed to do with all the tomatoes after the plant closes? Is the bottom gonna drop out of the hothouse tomato market?

    Real issues, sounds funny, but serious issues!

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