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Finding an Environmentally Friendly Mechanic

Ammstar Autohaus Green Car

One of the simplest ways to reduce the environmental impact of your car is to keep it well maintained. Servicing vehicles regularly, as recommended, will make them run smoother as well as be more fuel efficient – saving you money, as well as the environment.

Many people choose to go one step further, making the switch to environmentally friendly mechanics. Vehicle servicers can therefore play a significant role in reducing the environmental impact of driving.

Environmentally friendly, or eco-friendly, businesses have made a commitment to help conserve energy and keep the land, air and water clean. Mechanics can go green by reducing the impact of their workshop itself, and making changes to the way they work and the products they use – recycling, sourcing sustainable materials, and disposing of toxic products ethically.

One of the simplest ways to reduce the environmental impact of your car is to keep it well maintained. Servicing vehicles regularly, as recommended, will make them run smoother as well as be more fuel efficient – saving you money, as well as the environment.

Many people choose to go one step further, making the switch to environmentally friendly mechanics. Vehicle servicers can therefore play a significant role in reducing the environmental impact of driving. Environmentally friendly, or eco-friendly, businesses have made a commitment to help conserve energy and keep the land, air and water clean. Mechanics can go green by reducing the impact of their workshop itself, and making changes to the way they work and the products they use – recycling, sourcing sustainable materials, and disposing of toxic products ethically.

Let’s look at some of the steps taken by eco-friendly mechanics to reduce their environmental impact.

Reduce Toxic Products and Waste
Mechanics deal daily with materials that contain toxic and hazardous products. Eco-friendly mechanics take responsibility for ensuring these products are disposed of ethically, with regard to the environment.

Ways that your socially conscious mechanic can reduce the impact of toxic products and waste include:

  • Using non-toxic degreasers
  • Ensuring that there is no runoff of oil or other toxic materials into street or storm drains
  • Using green building materials for the shop and office
  • Reduce waste, and to ensure all scrap and hazardous materials are disposed of correctly

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Recycling is key to being environmentally responsible. All businesses can reduce environmental impact through recycling materials, and workshops are no exception. Your eco-friendly workshop can look at smart recycling of:

a)In the workshop

  • Scrap metal from parts, such as brake discs and suspension components
  • Used tyres
  • Used oil
  • Used coolant and other fluids
  • Contaminated fuels

b) In the office

  • Waste paper and cardboard
  • Print cartridges
  • Save Water and Energy

Workshops can be run with the aim to keep water and energy use low, and as efficient as possible. Eco-friendly workshops can make positive changes to their water and energy consumption through switching to solar-powered electricity, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, and rainwater tank installation. On-site car washes should be equipped with a high pressure, low volume pump that will reduce the amount of water required.

Ethical Printing and Advertising
Environmentally conscious businesses use only recycled paper and eco-friendly inks to print their brochures and other advertising materials. Environmentally responsible mechanics can opt to print to file, rather than paper, to reduce waste. Invoices can be emailed, and if a hard copy invoice is required, your eco-mechanic will choose 100% recycled paper. Print cartridges can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling.

You can choose where you spend your money to have your vehicle serviced – make the ethical choice and go with an environmentally friendly mechanic, to benefit your car and the planet.

Ammstar Autohaus are an environmentally friendly car servicer based in Cheltenham, Melbourne. Talk to us about the steps we’ve taken to go green – simply give us a call on (03) 9585 1676 or contact us online.