Wiring harness clips made of 100 percent ocean plastic used in the Ford Bronco Sport models won an Altair Enlighten Award.
Ford Motor Co. took first place in the sustainable material category for the "industry-first" application of 100 percent ocean plastic in vehicle parts.
The material for the parts is "collected by workers from plastic waste in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea," an Aug. 2 news release said.
The wiring harness clips weigh about 5 grams and fasten to the sides of the Bronco Sport second-row seats where they guide wires used to power side-curtain airbags.
The post-consumer material is equally as durable and has a 10 percent cost savings compared to petroleum-based plastic and requires less energy to produce, Ford said in a release.
The clips earned an Innovation Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers last year.
Ford sources the injection molded clips from Milwaukee-based supplier HellermannTyton Corp., which used extruded pellets made from nylon fishing nets.
"HellermannTyton strives for eco-friendly ways to pave the path to a more sustainable future," Anisia Peterman, HellermannTyton's automotive product manager said. "Developments like this do not come easy, so we are proud to collaborate with Ford in support of a unique product solution that contributes to healthier oceans."
They are "the first of many" Ford plans to produce "using discarded plastics fishing nets," it said.
"[This] is a strong example of circular economy," Jim Buczkowski, vice president of research at Ford and Henry Ford technical fellow said in the release. "While these clips are small, they are an important first step in our explorations to use recycled ocean plastics for additional parts in the future."