On the road again…
Late this spring Jennifer Pitt and I braved the roads to visit our Prime Minister and his cabinet far, far away in Ottawa … Only to find it was their week off! So instead we decided to attend one of our favourite annual blogging conferences – BConnected. (Just kidding – that was our goal all along.)
Here’s a quick look at how the road looked to us:
Ford Canada was kind enough to loan us a little fireball of a car called the Ford Fiesta 5 Door Hatch Titanium. ( By the way, did you know that if you are a member of the Ford’s Roadside Assistance Plan you can get directions in detailed map format for your girl’s weekend in the mail? )
Yes it was peppy, had a great stereo sound system, was very fuel efficient, and looked awesome. It also had many parts made out of things we eat. Like soy beans. Every Ford made in North America has soy beans in it! And we were sitting on soy pillows. Let me tell you, I never knew sitting on a bean could be so comfortable!
It’s all part of the sustainability program at Ford.
At our conference we had a lunch sponsored by Ford featuring ingredients used in their cars. It really brought to focus that this stuff wasn’t ‘bad’ for the planet like traditional products used in the past.
Here is an interesting list of some of the items either currently used or in the testing phase in Ford’s vehicles:
- wheat straw
- rice hulls
- sugar cane
Lunch featured many of these items.
There was a tropical green smoothie; yoghurt parfaits with sustainable muesli; breakfast polenta with spiced apple compote; fruit summer rolls in rice paper; asian-spiced tomato and egg frittata with pickled bamboo shoots; and my favourite the corn meal muffins stuffed with blueberry cream cheese.
“We are working to improve the sustainability of our vehicles by using materials that are more sustainable from a total life cycle perspective. This includes increasing the use of recycled, renewable, recyclable and lightweight materials.” Ford
Farm to Car
This whole topic fascinates me. I watched the following video with Debbie Mielewski, Senior Technical Leader of Materials Sustainability at Ford, discussing the Farm to Car idea:
Back to our ride that weekend. I had lots of fun getting to know this car. The steering was really tight and the acceleration very reassuring. Jennifer and I both had time to put it through the paces. It was an interesting way to start a girls weekend.
It was bigger inside than it looked accommodating all our suitcases and computer bags etc. Even my 6’4″ son fit in the back seat – with all our stuff – for part of the ride.
Driving a vehicle these days people are so conscious of how it affects the environment. I felt good knowing I was driving a car that was made with all these very ingenious and sustainable components.
For more information on this car and the Ford Sustainability programs, click here: Ford Canada.
Thanks to Ford Canada for letting us try this peppy little car out on our journey to the country’s capitol in exchange for this post.