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May 27, 2007

Clean air day

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 2:18 am

photo: Jocko

June 6 was clean air day in Canada. All the days of the year should be. Here are some of the things we can all do to help improve air quality.

* use your lawn mower less often
* Buy local
* Recycle and compost in pest proof bins, don’t burn garbage
* Turn off lights when not needed
* Use your car less: carpool to the store or ferry, and “shop pool” ie. ask your neighbour if they need anything before driving all the way to the store for a liter of milk
* Don’t idle your car engine when “chatting” or waiting for a ferry
* Ease up on the gas pedal. What’s the hurry? We’re on Pender time!


  1. I recently came across an ad for Toyota vehicles that have what they call “Hybrid Synergy Drive”. The ad copy boasts clean air; fuel efficiency; power; and quietness.

    Clean air: 70% fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new car
    Fuel efficiency: at start up and low speeds, operation on electricity only
    Power: combined use of gas and electric for remarkable acceleration
    Quietness: suprisingly little noise

    When you choose a new vehicle, will it be for yourself, for the earth, or both? No, I don’t own shares in Toyota.

    For more information go to:

    Comment by Jocko — October 15, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

  2. Vegetable oil – the stuff in your kitchen cupboard – is a clean, readily available source of automotive fuel. Edward Beggs of Salmon Arm says that it’s the most environmentally friendly and economically viable alternative fuel available today. Their Web-based company, Neoteric Biofuels, which does business as PlantDrive provides the expertise to help individuals and companies modify their diesel-powered vehicles to run on vegetable oil. Vegetable-oil-powered engines consistently deliver about the same economy and power as engines that use standard diesel fuel, however modified engines tend to last longer because oil is a better lubricant than traditional diesel fuel. PlantDrive customers collect waste vegetable oil from restaurants for free, filter it and recycle this waste product as fuel in their modified vehicles. For more information, visit their website:

    Comment by Jocko — October 28, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

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