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Ford and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company are researching the use of coir (coconut fiber) as a reinforcement for the automaker's molded plastic components. The coconut coir (or husks, as they are more commonly called) currently make up a waste stream from Scotts' soil and seed division.

Mercedes has been working on putting bio-products into its cars for years, since well before AutoblogGreen got started. The company hasn't really been making any sort of announcements about its progress. Hence the lack of coverage of ACO here on ABG.

While fuel costs are increasing, most consumers in the U.S. can still afford gasoline or diesel fuel for their cars. In less affluent countries, however, the increasing oil prices can create even more critical financial situations. While we all see palm trees as a natural umbrella when lounging on a beach while drinking something fruity out of a pineapple, many impoverished Pacific island nations are looking into coconuts to make biofuel. The fuel would be used for both electricity generation wi