Ford, Canadian researchers, and resin supplier A Schulman have teamed up to create wheat straw reinforced polypropylene. Wheat staw is a food by-product currently available by the millions of tons. Stiffer than unfilled pp and lighter than talc or glass filled versions, the new blend will save 20,000 ponds of petroleum per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 30,000 pounds per year in the manufacture of a single part on the Ford Flex. When this material use spreads to other parts and other vehicles the numbers will become significant. -Another step in the tip toward sustainable plastics.