American chemists have found that peel from tomatoes and eggshells can replace carbon black – a key component for the production of rubber and plastics. Since most of the carbon black is produced by burning heavy petroleum products, and organic waste is usually simply thrown away, the use of biological mass can be beneficial both in terms of profit and from the point of view of ecology.
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Ohio University experts have begun testing auto components made using food residues. Scientists are striving to ensure that environmentally friendly parts are not inferior in reliability to traditional spare parts made of rubber and soot.
The use of organic components in creating a car is not uncommon. In 2008, Ford developed a soy-based Mustang seat filler, and in 1941 Henry Ford built an experimental car with a body made from beans, wheat and hemp.