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Prepare Your Car for Winter
Are you ready for the rain, snow, ice and all that the elements throw at you during the winter months? Here’s some tips to prepare your car for winter with recycling in mind.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Make smart consumer choices that ensure no parts of a product will become waste. Jamak Fabrication manufactures a 100% recyclable premium silicone wiper blade. In fact, the company gives the Tripledge Green wiper blade a 100% lifetime guarantee for the lifespan of your vehicle.
All old Tripledge Green wiper blades can be mailed back, and Jamak will recycle the silicone and metal components into new wiper blades. Find Tripledge Green wipers for your car online at The Wiper Store.
If you’re putting on winter traction tires this season, check out Green Diamond Tires. Made in Colorado, with a patent from Iceland, Green Diamond Tires recycles old tires into traction tires by applying a tread embedded with silicium carbide granules.
Carbide is a very hard and durable substance, so it makes these particular tires last much longer than normal tires. As the tread wears, granules are continuously uncovered as old granules are worn away to ensure constant, excellent traction for the worst weather conditions. Read more about their process and find dealers on their website.
Besides improved safety on slippery surfaces, you also send less tires to a landfill over time. When you are in need of new tires, visit our tips on how to recycle tires.
Worldwide, over 400 million gallons of antifreeze concentrate are sold each year. Arctic Blend® is a recycled antifreeze and engine coolant produced at EET Corporation’s Antifreeze Recycling Facility in East Tennessee. Arctic Blend recycled antifreeze products save you money and protect the environment. Responsible recycling practices help reduce the harmful effects of antifreeze on our environment, such as pollution caused by improper dumping.
Recycling antifreeze reduces the consumption of oil and natural gas used to manufacture the active ingredients in most antifreeze: ethylene and propylene glycol. Instead of expensive new automotive solution, use this alternative (available nationwide) as you winterize your car.
Opt for re-refined oil in your car. Purchasing re-refined oil, just like purchasing any used or recycled product, increases consumer demand for that product. This in turn decreases demand for natural resources and saves energy.
It’s reported that there isn’t even any difference in quality in re-refined oil as opposed to new, or what is referred to as virgin, crude oil. Before buying a re-refined oil product, check to see that it has the little American Petroleum Institute (API) service symbol.
Tips to Remember
Never pour used antifreeze or oil down the drain or in the street, because this has toxic effects on water and the surrounding environment. Properly dispose of used car fluids at an appropriate collection center near you. Find links to every state’s web sites related to hazardous waste programs.
Remember to always follow your vehicle or engine manufacturer’s recommendations for antifreeze and oil change intervals, and cooling system and other maintenance.
All of the products and ideas mentioned above are aiming toward a smaller environmental footprint. Thanks for reading!