What makes it green?

Clearly, anything that can help you improve fuel economy is a good thing. Improve your gas mileage and you also reduce emissions. That's pretty simple.

A well maintained car is, well, a greener car. Studies have shown that a properly maintained vehicle can get as much as 20% better gas mileage. Follow your vehicle manufacturer's recommended service intervals. When that oxygen sensor needs replacing, replace it. Car out of alignment? That can have an impact on your gas mileage. Get it taken care of.  Check the air pressure of your tires on a regular basis.

It's also about you. Your driving behavior can make a big difference.  Take a look at our section on Smartphone apps - there are a few options that can help you be a greener driver.

Consider remanufactured products - alternators, starter motors, water pumps and much more. You wouldn't think these parts are green in particular but they are - we're talking about reusing parts that would have otherwise wound up in the landfill. More importantly, you're eliminating the need to purchase a component made from virgin materials. Avoid buying new aftermarket components made in China, for example, just because they're cheap.

Ask for remanufactured parts when you're getting your car serviced. You're doing your part to help protect the Earth's scarce resources. If more people did this, well this could be huge.

We've also come up with some very simple alternatives to car maintenance:

G-Oil Motor Oil is the first bio-based motor oil. It's approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and performs like a full synthetic. G-Oil is made in the U.S.A. and is non-toxic, biodegradable and renewable. Plus, it has a carbon footprint two-thirds lower than conventional oil.

The microGreen Oil Filter is a game change. Its patented technology keeps oil cleaner and longer, extending the range of oil changes to 30,000 miles. This means less oil and filters. You save on oil changes.

Tripledge wiper blades are green simply because they last longer. They're made from silicone and typically last 2-3 times compared to conventional rubber blades. This means less manufacturing, packaging, shipping and waste.

Carbon Metallic brake pads are copper free. Copper in conventional pads comes off in the form of brake dust everytime you step on the brakes. This winds up in our waterways and has been linked to pollution that effects fish and other sea life.

Give Water a Brake!

Help us ban toxic materials in brake pads in the U.S. and Canada.


Give Water a Brake!

Traditional brake pads are made of some really nasty materials including asbestos, lead, antimony and copper. Every time a driver steps on the brakes, these materials come off the pads in the form of brake dust. When these toxic materials are released into the air, they work their way into the water table and contaminate the water supply for animals and humans alike.

California and Washington have already passed legislation that will eventually remove all copper from brake pads. Rhode Island and New York have introduced similar bills that have not yet been passed.

We believe this legislation should be in effect throughout the U.S. and Canada. Together we can put pressure on our legislators to remove these toxic materials from the food we eat and the air we breathe.

Sign the petition and tell legislators to give us a brake that won't destroy the environment.

This petition initiative is sponsored by Eco-Stop, the only copper-free brake pad currently on the market. We are also working with leading water resources and other environmental groups. Together we can make a difference. After you sign, be sure to spread the word to your friends and family.


The Earthgarage Team

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