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Dec
09

2010 Buick LaCrosse and Recycled Cardboard

It’s one thing to think outside the box, another to shred the box altogether.

That’s what General Motors is doing, though – using recycled cardboard from shredded boxes  to cut down road noise in the 2010 Buick LaCrosse.

Buick will use ground-up cardboard to make a substrate for the LaCrosse’s headliner. The cardboard will be recycled from shipping material received at GM’s “zero landfill” metal stamping plant in Marion, Ind., and will be ground up and processed into the headliner insulation material by after-market parts supplier Federal-Mogul.

The recycled cardboard insulation makes the car “a smidge quieter,” said Lora Herron, a materials engineer for the LaCrosse.

The Marion plant is one of a growing number of auto plants in the U.S. that recycle, divert or eliminate waste so that nothing is sent to a landfill.

The new LaCrosse is the latest example of a U.S. car using either recycled or easily-grown materials, as opposed to petroleum-based plastic, to improve performance or quality.

article provided by edmunds.com green car advisor

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