Posts Tagged ‘green’

August 19, 2010 @ 5:11 am
posted by Mego Rider

Photo courtesy of Zipcar.com

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 – the environment.

As Zipcar media describes it, carsharing is about “practicable and actionable” 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 – a definite planet- and pocket-plus during this recession. Read more

July 19, 2010 @ 4:54 am
posted by Mego Rider

By Jeanne Roberts

So you’ve decided to go “green” right down to your choice of an auto repair specialist. How do you know if the mechanic or garage you have chosen is as “green” as you would like? Read more

July 1, 2010 @ 9:11 am
posted by Mego Rider

Most people these days are fairly good at keeping up with recycling systems in their home. But in your car, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.  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.

It’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.  Please comment if you’ve got a special tip for keeping your car ‘green’ 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 it’s clearly the “recycle” bin. Then toss all your recyclables into that bin. If you’re not sure what you can recycle, you can check Earth 911’s recycling  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 “green points” for finding every recyclable item in the car. Maybe they get to keep the spare change that’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.  Even floor mats and sound systems are candidates for reuse if you’re feeling really ambitious. Again check with your local recycler for options or ask your favorite auto body shop.  Don’t have a favorite? Visit carhelp.com’s list http://carhelp.com/shops of authorized auto shops. Membership is free!)

For more tips on recycling in the car, visit Earth 911 or Recycle.net http://recycle.net