Consumers these days are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprints, and many want to do business with shops who are taking their environmental responsibilities seriously. In one of our recent posts, 5 Tips Towards a Green Auto Shop, we covered simple ways to become more ecologically friendly. This goes beyond just recycling parts, which is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Other ways a shop can go green include eliminating the use of lead wheel weights, using more efficient lighting, and managing fluids responsibly and efficiently. The easiest way to illustrate to your customers that you run your shop with a green thumb is to become Green-Certified.
Green certification provides customers with an assurance they are dealing with a company that is ecologically responsible in its processes and the products that are used. The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) provides a Greenlink Shop recognition program. To earn “GreenLink Shop” status, certain environmental, health and safety standards must be met.
There are also many local certification programs that allow auto shop owners to prove that they are meeting ecological standards and best practices, such as the Arizona Green Business Automotive Program, the Los Angeles Green Business Certification Program, and the New Jersey Green Automotive Repair Program. Check with your local government offices to find a program near you.
One of the requirements of green certification is that you use green products. WURTH USA offers a full range of green auto shop products that meet the certification of the EcoLogo program, which is North America’s most respected environmental standard and certification mark.
There is also a wide range of earth-friendly janitorial products including carpet cleaners, degreasers and many other general purpose cleaners available from WURTH USA. These products not only can help the environment, they can also improve your bottom line.
A full list of WURTH USA products can be found here: http://www.wurthusa.com/project/en/leftnavi/products/products.html
Other References and Resources
Lead Free Wheels.org