Environmental Shopping

Environmental Shopping, Reduce Pollution, Increase Car Efficiency

Stop a minute and spend a bit of time thinking about how your shopping effects the environment!

There is an incredible amount of environmental waste in the consumer market from simple excessive packaging right up to environmental pollutants. To help reduce the impact we have on the environment try to stick to some of the following tips:

Cars have a major impact on the environment, from the manufacturing process to the day they end up as scrap - even if bits of them can be recycled! As from March 2001, the Government's Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty encourages the use of smaller, cleaner, fuel efficient cars, in an effort to tackle global warming by hitting the pocket of drivers cars with higher carbon dioxide emissions.

Manufacturers are waking up to their customers' growing concern over the problems caused by pollution. Some are developing low-polluting vehicles, cars which run on other fuels, or hybrid models powered by petrol and electric engines which kick in automatically as circumstances demand. For example, Honda claims its Insight model offers the lowest CO2-producing mass production engine in the world, achieving an emission figure of 80 grammes per kilometre.

Toyota is also committed to vehicles which have a lower impact on the environment. It has already developed an electric car, the RAV4EV, which has been officially on sale in the Japanese home market since September 1996. In October 1997 it was also offered for lease to fleet operators in the USA. The company has developed a hybrid family car known as the Prius, the world's first mass-production hybrid vehicle, now on sale in the UK. Toyota GB has made a commitment to handle recycling of the Prius at the end of the car's life, to ensure minimum environmental impact. No other company in the UK has made such a commitment. The greater the demand for these vehicles, the more likely it is that more will come onto the market in the UK.

Environmental Shopping, Reduce Pollution, Increase Car Efficiency

This page is taken from Derbyshire County Council 'Smartliving' pages and comes with the following disclaimer

'The contents of Smartliving are drawn from a wide variety of sources. While we have made every effort to ensure accuracy, DCC will not be held responsible for any errors in this publication. Views expressed, or mention of any organisation in Smartliving should not necessarily be
regarded as an indication of Derbyshire County Council's official policy or support.'



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