Carbohydrate Economy, what exactly does that mean, that our world revolves around eating carbs (seems that way sometimes)? It really is not a new concept at all, it is actually one of the oldest types of economies around. Less then 200 years ago our society used more plant materials then minerals! But what we are seeing today is praise for companies who promote they are using a 20% based soy foam or using coconut husk to reinforce petroleum based plastics. While there may be some people who find this an honorable feat, I do not. If people were genius enough hundreds of years ago to understand the value, durability, and possibilities of carbohydrates, it shouldn’t be something that is seen as new and brilliant today.
I’m not trying to say that it isn’t commendable that companies such as Ford are using carbohydrate based products; I’m just saying that it should be a common sense everyday practice to use things that mother nature has provided us and can continue so in a healthy manner. I question, if Ford can use 20% soy based foam, why can’t that percentage be higher? Why can’t we be using at least 50% soy based foam on every cushioned area of the vehicle and not just the headrest?
I tend to feel frustration when I learn about “new” ways in which we can use natural renewable materials and greener practices, only to realize that these materials and practices were already put to use decades ago. There are times in which I question if we would have maybe been better off in the Industrial Revolution never happened, or happened much later, when we could have been more aware of the impacts we were making to the environment.
So while I think it is great that companies such as Ford and John Deere are making small steps towards more biological materials, I think they should really go full force into their commitment. I feel that no one really can succeed or make a difference by being timid and staying in the shallow end.