Cut Paper, Reduce Water, Mind the Car Washing Technique
Do you recycle at home? There are many ways that Americans can be more eco-friendly at home or work. Throw used plastic, metal cans, and glass bottles into a separate box on the porch to drop them off at a glass recycling facility on weekends.
Recycle paper in your house at your local green recycling bin. Better yet, reduce the overall amount of paper in your life by converting to online bill-paying.
Choosing to be more eco-friendly with your home bills can have a measurable impact on the amount of paper used in your lifetime. Here’s a tip: Set up online accounts at credit card and utility companies, and even insurance firms like Kemper.com to reduce paper clutter in your life.
With a high speed Internet connection and a new laptop, the sky’s the limit in our ability to rid ourselves of papers, folders and weighty policies cluttering up our environment.
Did you know that washing your car weekly in your driveway contributes to pollution in our country’s streams, lakes and rivers? As responsible Americans, how can we be more eco-friendly in our car washing practices?
When you wash your car in the driveway, you’re creating a leftover toxic mixture of harsh car detergent soap, tire dirt, oil residue and more, which gets washed down the street to the sewers. From there, it moves untreated through the storm drain and directly into lakes, rivers and streams. Over time, that can create pollution that kills fish, water bugs and other creatures of our nation’s water areas.
The answer is to take our cars, trucks and SUVs to a commercial car wash facility, where certain practices are federally mandated to avoid this type of water pollution described above.
Commercial car wash facilities are required by law to treat their wastewater before it moves into the storm drains and into sewer systems. This minimizes the pollution from all the junk in the water. There is also a lesser amount of water being used at car wash emporiums.
Most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water during an average wash cycle than you might use in your driveway just to rinse your car! Plus, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection alerts us that most store-bought car wash soaps contain phosphates and other chemicals that harm fish and water quality.
According to the International Car Wash Association, people who wash cars in the driveway not only help to pollute the environment with the water run-off, but also use far more water than the efficient commercial car wash. People use, on average, 80-140 gallons of water to wash cars at home in the driveway, compared to the average 45 gallons of water used per wash at commercial car washing facilities.
There are even environmental moves toward promoting the use of waterless car washes. As droughts persist in the U.S. West, more innovators are finding ways to clean cars by eliminating water. A little persistence will uncover ways to be eco-friendly across a whole terrain of daily practices.