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Announcing “Give Water a Brake!” Petition

By EarthGarage
February 8, 2012
File under: Safety

You may not know this but traditional brake pads are comprised of some really nasty materials including copper.  Every time you step on the brakes when you’re driving,  materials are worn off the pads in the form of brake dust. This eventually winds up in the environment, contaminating our precious water resources.

Copper, even in small quantities, harm salmon and other fish.  Copper interferes with the ability of salmon to smell.  They need their sense of smell to avoid being eaten by predators and navigate back home to spawn.  The consequence has been a massive decrease in the salmon population.

California and Washington have already passed legislation that will eventually remove all copper from brake pads. Rhode Island and New York have introduced similar bills that have not yet been passed.

The team at Earthgarage has created the “Give Water a Brake!” petition.  Our goal is to get the rest of the U.S. and our neighbors in Canada to pass legislation that will begin phasing out copper and other hazardous materials in brake pads.

Please sign our petition using the form to the right of this blog. Let your friends know by posting on Facebook and Twitter.  If you publish a blog, please grab our petition embed code located directly below the petition form. Details on the subject can be found here.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be blogging about this subject in more detail.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at

When you’re in the market for a new set of brake pads, ask for copper-free pads.

Give Water a Brake! is sponsored by our friends at FDP Friction Science, manufacturer of EcoStop brake pads. EcoStop is the only copper-free brake pad currently on the market.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Kohl’s

By EarthGarage
February 6, 2012
File under: Alternative Transportation, Electric, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) recently announced it will install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across America. 33 stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington will take part in the pilot program.

Kohl’s customers will be able to charge their EVs for free while they shop. Charging stations can be activated with radio frequency identification cards (RFID) or by using telephone numbers located on the charging stations. Each participating store will have one to four parking spaces reserved for EV drivers.

According to Kohl’s Chief Administrative Officer John Worthington, “Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”

Read the entire article at EnergyBoom

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Driverless Cars: What’s Holding Back the Automobile of the Future?

By EarthGarage
February 2, 2012
File under: Auto Industry, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Google Driverless Car

As convenient as cars are, each and every one of us has gotten frustrated at the unbearably slow driver in the left lane or the rude driver who refuses to drive any farther than two feet away from your rear bumper.

Unsafe driving practices such as these cause traffic jams, accidents, and deaths every single day on our roads and highways. And what is the root cause behind all of these issues? Humans.

Google, the company behind some of the most influential technological innovations of the past decade, is committed to creating the safest, most practical, eco friendly car of the future: the driverless car.  …read more of Driverless Cars: What’s Holding Back the Automobile of the Future? here

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