Your next dirty martini may have something in common with a future Ford Explorer or F-150 pickup.
The automaker in early January said it has successfully tested composted olive trees grown in Spain for use in composite auto parts.
Researchers in Germany combined 40 percent olive tree fibers and 60 percent recycled polypropylene, then heated the materials and injection molded it into various car parts. In a video, employees showcase a footrest for a current European market Ford Focus.
"The tests we did, the simulations showed that this material is very capable of being used in our cars," Thomas Baranowski, an injection molding specialist for Ford, said.