Posts Tagged ‘Go Green’
If youâ€™re an environmentally conscious consumer, your old tires are either left with the tire replacement shop to be recycled, or taken to an approved landfill or recycling center in your area if you replaced them yourself. Most communities also offer recycling programs that allow homeowners to put tires, batteries and electronics curbside for pickup once or twice a year.
At one time, these used tires tended to pile up, creating a singularly ugly health and safety hazard that encourages breeding mosquitoes, rodents and â€“when heated by intense summer sun â€“ a source of almost inextinguishable fires (thanks to layers of compacted debris) that can seriously impact air quality.
Fortunately, a combination of advanced technology and an increasing awareness of the environment have led to a plethora of recycling options, some highly commendable, others somewhat peculiar (if no less desirable). For example, I can clearly see the value of tires as bumper guards. Tire art, on the other hand, leaves me frowning. Read more
If you are like me, you knew about car sharing, but only in a very generic way. Turns out, car sharing under the Zipcar banner is far from generic, and offers dozens of options to keep you moving while saving cash and that other kind of green â€“ the environment.
As Zipcar media describes it, carsharing is about â€œpracticable and actionableâ€ sustainability that reduces the negative effects of transportation on the planet. This synopsis is shared by Greencar.com, which also suggests that car pooling (using Zipcar as a rideshare tool) where possible reduces overall spending â€“ a definite planet- and pocket-plus during this recession. Read more
And, no, it isnâ€™t the Tim Burton movie of the same name, but a Volkswagen automobile called the Bio-Bug that runs on methane gas extracted from a nearby sewage treatment plant outside Bristol, England. Unlike the almost mythical water-fueled car, the methane-driven Bio-Bug is here now, and â€“ according to the report in Wheels â€“ gets enough gas from 70 area toilets to travel 10,000 miles a year. Read more
According to a brochure developed jointly by the NOAA, the American Red Cross, and FEMA, almost half of all deaths from flooding happen to people trapped in vehicles. In fact, only in recent years has heat surpassed flooding as the primary cause of fatalities in the U.S. Flash floods are the most dangerous type of flooding, largely because waters rise rapidly and unexpectedly, especially in arroyos and irrigation ditches not normally associated with water, leaving most drivers (and their passengers) unprepared.
More important, water itself is a tremendous force. It weighs 62.4 pounds per cubic foot, delivering 500 pounds of pressure per square inch to doors and windows. It also makes cars buoyant, subtracting 1500 pounds from the weight of the vehicle for each foot it rises. Water a mere two feet deep can sweep away a vehicle, even a heavy-duty truck or SUV, as well as the bridge it is trapped on. Vehicles trapped in underpasses during rapidly rising water are in even more danger, and when flooding occurs at night drivers often canâ€™t see such danger until it is too late. As Carblog.com notes, even a burst water main can trigger dangerous flooding in low-lying areas. Read more
Most people these days are fairly good at keeping up with recycling systems in their home. But in your car, itâ€™s not always the easiest thing to do.Â Tossing all the garbage out just before a carwash or while filling up at the gas station is usually what happens for most of us.
Itâ€™s actually even easier to recycle the trash from your car than it is at home. Here are a few simple tips for being greener on the road. Â Please comment if youâ€™ve got a special tip for keeping your car â€˜greenâ€™ too!
- Buy a second trash bin like some of the ones we recommended earlier Shoot for a flexible receptacle that can be easily stashed in the trunk or behind a seat. If you can, buy a green one (or whatever the color of your home recycling containers) so itâ€™s clearly the â€œrecycleâ€ bin. Then toss all your recyclables into that bin. If youâ€™re not sure what you can recycle, you can check Earth 911â€™s recyclingÂ list or check with your local recycling agency.
- Create a bi-weekly clean out plan. If you have kids, make it a game and give them â€œgreen pointsâ€ for finding every recyclable item in the car. Maybe they get to keep the spare change thatâ€™s always under the seat. Or create some other reward to help motivate them to keep your car green.
- Your car accessories can also be recycled! Air fresheners, steering wheel covers and those paper mats left by the mechanic after an oil change can all be recycled.Â Even floor mats and sound systems are candidates for reuse if youâ€™re feeling really ambitious. Again check with your local recycler for options or ask your favorite auto body shop.Â Donâ€™t have a favorite? Visit carhelp.comâ€™s list http://carhelp.com/shops of authorized auto shops. Membership is free!)