Ford's efforts to reduce our environmental impact go beyond our product actions. We also are working to conserve resources
and make our manufacturing processes more environmentally friendly. A new painting process we developed results in a smaller
and cleaner paint shop.
Ford's redeveloped Rouge facility is topped with one of the
world's largest living roofs designed to absorb rainwater and carbon dioxide and reduce energy costs by providing natural insulation.
Our global efforts are paying off. Since 2000, we have reduced our global energy use by approximately 30 percent and water use by more than 40 percent.
Ford seeks other innovative approaches to sustainability as well. We use soy-based foam for seats, which helps reduce petroleum usage.
The 2010 Ford Taurus is the eleventh Ford vehicle to feature earth-friendly bio-based seat cushions and seatbacks. Ford has more vehicle
models with seats that use soy and other bio-based foams than any other automaker. Ford Mustang, F-150, Focus, Flex, Escape, Expedition
and Econoline as well as Mercury Mariner, Lincoln MKS and Navigator also use the sustainable material. Recycled fabric and recyclable
chromium-free tanned leather are used for seat covers. Recycled cotton from blue jeans goes into interior padding, and recycled
plastics (including soda bottles) are used in underhood parts and luggage compartment plastics in all our vehicles.