Redesigned 2008 Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid vehicles are believed to be the first U.S. automotive industry applications of 100 percent recycled fabric seating surfaces. The new fabric significantly exceeds Ford’s internal target of introducing seating fabrics with 25 percent recycled content into production by 2009. “Using more sustainable fabric in production vehicles is yet another step in Ford Motor Company’s journey to long-term sustainability,” says Lisa Nicol, a designer for Ford Color and Materials – Sustainability. “Given the time and effort required to source, design and validate a new seat fabric, it’s a significant achievement to beat both our recycled-content target and our calendar deadline.” The fabric on the Escape’s seats is produced from 100 percent post-industrial waste, defined as anything intended for retail use, but which never makes it to the consumer. That can be anything from plastic intended for pop bottles to undyed polyester fibres that don’t make the cut for consumer use.