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02/25/2009

Ford Escape Hybrid Taxi

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Ford Escape Taxi Major metropolitan cities utilize a lot of taxis. Not only are the vehicles wasting fuel by waiting for passengers, they are also driven at speeds where fuel economy is not efficient. New York City currently has over 250 Ford Escape Hybrid taxis. We all want to be fuel-conscious and Ford is making a difference:

·         The EPA rates the Escape Hybrid at 34 miles per gallon in city driving which can provide for 500 miles per fill-up. This makes the front-wheel-drive Escape Hybrid one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs available.

·         We all have been on erratic taxi rides. The Escape Hybrid is remarkably durable even in the most severe driving conditions. Ford offers a standard eight-year/100,000-mile limited warranty for unique hybrid components which also includes the battery pack.

·         The Ford Escape Hybrid meets the cleanest emissions standard available for a vehicle that utilizes fossil fuels. This drastically reduces smog-forming emissions which aids in less pollution in major metropolitan cities.

Remember, your next eco-friendly hail will be saving our environment.

For more information visit Planet Driven.

02/23/2009

Greener, Cleaner Oil Changes

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Green Oil Changes Next time you find yourself thinking about what you can do to save the environment, whether it is recycling, planting a tree, turning off lights when you are not in a room, consider taking another small step to make a big change — take your vehicle to a fast lub center for its next oil change.

Going green with your car isn’t just about fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, and hybrid automobiles. It’s about keeping your maintenance eco-friendly too. By visiting a fast lube center you can protect the environment and the water you drink. Why? Because they know how to properly dispose of used oil.

Read more on Planet Driven about properly disposing of oil.

02/17/2009

Travel Eco Friendly in Asia

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If trekking through Asia sounds like your vacation dream, you can do so in a more eco-conscious way by staying at the continent's top green resorts. The online reservation site Agoda.com has provided a list top resorts in Asia for the greenest of travelers.

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La Residence d' Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Designed to blend harmoniously with the environment, La Residence also possesses a strong commitment to sustainable
tourism. Beyond its environmentally sound practices, the hotel also regularly donates to charities and encourages its guests to do the same. The resort supports the Angkor Hospital for Children through the weekly video screening of a video where guests can contribute second-hand items or donate money for the cause.

2.Evason Hua Hin Resort & Six Senses Spa, Thailand
The iconic thatched huts of the Evason Hua Hin Resort are eco-friendly in nature. Drawing on biodegradable products and adopting practices that conserve energy and minimize waste, the resort supports several local initiatives including the Mangrove Forest Conservation and the Kervorkian Foundation (dedicated to assisting HIV+ babies and children).

Click here to view the complete list of green hotels in Asia.

Recycling That Old Car Battery

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Car Battery So what are you supposed to do with that old car battery? Well, for starters, please don’t just toss it into that bin with your household recyclables and leave it on the curb. An auto battery, also referred to as a lead-acid battery, contains about 21 pounds of lead, three pounds of plastic and one gallon of sulfuric acid. These items can be toxic if handled improperly, and there is a better solution.

Many auto repair shops will take your car battery to dispose of it properly, or when you purchase a new one you can ask the retailer if they can take the old one off your hands. Some may charge a small deposit, but its worth looking into.

When a spent battery is recycled, all elements can be reclaimed and reused in new batteries. The lead, for example, is nearly 100 percent recyclable, and usually finds its way back into new batteries over and over again. Plastic components also can be reclaimed to create new batteries and other products. The sulfuric acid can be recycled and used in new batteries; it can be neutralized, purified and tested before being released as clean water; or it can be converted to sodium sulfate, a product used in fertilizer, dyes and other products.

More on battery recycling from Planet Driven

02/16/2009

Quality vs. Quantity for an Eco-Friendly Closet

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Eco friendly fashions Everyone loves a bargain, especially when it comes to buying clothing. Sure the trendy stores we see in the mall that sell the latest styles at unbelievable prices are great, but let’s be honest, you get what you pay for. Sure, it’s cheap and if it gets ruined you can always replace it with another low cost item. But it's also poorly made, and it’s not so trendy to replace it if that one shirt uses about a pound of pesticides to be produced. So remember, quality made clothing may carry a heavier price tag, but you will save money in the long run and help out the planet by reducing your consumption and waste.

The same goes for organic duds. Clothing made from organic materials may cost more but they are quality made from the most sustainable products, the classic organic style will keep these items fashionable for much longer. We can’t really say the same for those metallic leggings you just bought that will be out like yesterdays recycled goods as soon as the next big things rolls around.

More About Eco-Friendly Fashions

02/13/2009

Give the Gift of Fair Trade Flowers

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Fair trade flowers Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But if the one you are buying the flowers for believes in living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Why not surprise them with a bouquet of Fair Trade Certified flowers?

Have you ever wondered where those flowers in the store are coming from? They certainly aren’t growing them there. A lot of them are grown around the world by workers receiving very low wages, and who knows what kind of pesticides are being used. But every time you buy Fair Trade flowers, you contribute to the well-being of flower workers around the world. When you see the Fair Trade Certified label on bouquets, you can be sure that your purchase will help put nutritious food on people's tables, send their children to school, and help them to invest in community development.

Fair Trade not only improves lives, it improves the quality of products. Fair Trade Certified products have consistently rated among the highest for quality and taste. And Fair Trade Certified flowers are no exception. Some of the world's most dramatically beautiful flowers are produced on Fair Trade farms, by people who take pride in the quality of their products because they've been given the opportunity to earn a fair share of the rewards.

So surprise your sweetie with a gift that will not only make them feel good, but will also make you feel good about money well spent.

Click here to learn where to buy Fair Trade flowers

02/10/2009

Johnson Controls to Supply Batteries for Ford's PHEV

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Johnson Controls-Saft will supply the complete battery system for Ford Motor Company’s first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) beginning in 2012.

“The battery is the critical piece of electrifying vehicles,” says Nancy Gioia, Ford director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs. “Johnson Controls-Saft is one of the leaders focused on creating lithium-ion batteries for an affordable new generation of vehicles.”

The lithium-ion battery system that Johnson Controls-Saft is designing and manufacturing for Ford include cells, mechanical, electrical, electronic and thermal components.

“As U.S. vehicle manufacturers commercialize their hybrid programs, the industry will be best served with a qualified and robust domestic supply base,” said Alex Molinaroli, president of Johnson controls Power Solutions. “Developing and manufacturing these components here also represents a significant opportunity to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources.”

(Source: Ford Motor Company)  Click here to read full release.

02/09/2009

5 Eco-Driving Tips for Everyone

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Ford eco driving If you own a car you know the importance of conserving fuel and saving money at the pump, and it just so happens that by doing so you can also help the environment. Here are a few tips from Ford Motor Company to help you do just that.

1. Slow down and watch speed – Slowing down to 55 mph can save you an estimated 10-15 percent in fuel economy if you normally drive say, 65 mph.

2. Accelerate and brake smoothly – Fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic and hard braking wastes fuel and wears out some of the car components, such as brakes and tires.

3. Don’t idle – Engines in new cars today do not need a warm up. Prolonged idleing increases emissions and wastes fuel. Turn off engines in non-traffic situations when idling more than 30 seconds.

4. Check your tires- Keep tires properly inflated, this can reduce the average amount of fuels use by 3-4 percent.

5. Be kind to your vehicle – Maintain proper engine tune-up to keep cars running efficiently. Keeping vehicle engines clean and tires aligned will reduce fuel waste.

More eco-driving tips from Ford.

02/06/2009

Give Your Valentine Eco-Friendly Lingerie

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Eco Friendly Lingerie It’s only a week away, and nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a little lingerie. But don’t just settle for anything, look a little further for lingerie that is both sexy and sustainable. Here are a few great eco-friendly options that can help bring out your frisky side.

Check out Eco-Boudoir, a UK-based online boutique that engages in environmentally responsible business practices, all while providing you with the most sophisticated and sexy in sustainable lingerie. eco-boudoir.com/

If you are looking for something a little more fun and flirty, try Enamore, lingerie produced in the UK from the finest organic hemp, soy, cotton, and recycled vintage fabrics. Undergarments that will make you look good and feel good for wearing it. enamore.co.uk

G=9.8, a brand that produces lingerie made ethically in France with the intent to preserve Earth’s natural beauty, caters to both men and women with its green undies. Eco-friendly wear both you and your partner can enjoy.  organiclingerie.fr/

02/05/2009

Energy Saving Technologies

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Saving energy and money seems to be getting easier each day, especially with new technologies like The Energy Detective (TED)that can help you save hundreds of dollars on your electric bill each year. The concept is simple, if you can measure your usage, you can control it.

With TED’s real-time energy monitor you no longer have to wait for the electricity bill to surprise you. TED will accurately tell you what your bill is going to be before it arrives. It will also allow you to see where you may be wasting electricity and help you reduce your carbon footprint. In a simple, easy-to-understand format, TED will present your homes up-to-date energy usage. And you will, without a doubt, be surprised how little adjustments can make a huge difference. With the help of this little energy saving savior, will learn more about your energy usage, saving money and help protect the environment through energy conservation.

More on TED, The Energy Detective.