Get ready for the tomato-mobile.
Ford and Heinz are looking at ways to make car parts out of ketchup by-products, the automaker announced Tuesday.
Heinz uses more than two million tons of tomatoes every year and produces a lot of waste from the peels, stems and seeds.
The by-products are shipped to Ford facilities, where they are processed into small, dry pellets that can be used in manufacturing.
One possible application: making wiring brackets or interior compartments -- like cupholders -- out of dried tomato skins, Ford ( said. )
Ford already works with Heinz, as well as Coca-Cola ( and )Procter & Gamble (, on sustainability efforts. The efforts include reducing use of petroleum products, as well as water, )
For example, Ford has manufactured seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints and door panel inserts out of fabric made using Coca-Cola plastic.
While plastics are manufactured in many colors, tomatoes are associated with one. But that doesn't mean the parts will be available only in red, Ford said.