While we would all love to drive a fancy electric car, the reality is that not everyone can afford one.
And let’s face it, cars in general are not exactly eco-friendly. They require gasoline which releases unhealthy vapors, emit unhealthy smoke and pollutants into the atmosphere, and can sit in junk yards for years.
No wonder we feel guilty about driving them. But the truth is, we have to. We need them in order to get to and from work, chauffeur our children back and forth from school, and to haul back groceries—among other things.
But, don’t feel completely bad. Because our cars still have eco-friendly potential. Things like regular tune-ups, proper tire inflation and filling up your gas tank appropriately can definitely help to make your car more environmentally friendly—and give your car a longer lifespan.
But you can do more!
You can equip it with green products that can help make it healthier for you and your family. Because being “eco-friendly”, isn’t just about being kind to our planet—it involves being kind to ourselves as well. Being green creates a better quality of life.
Solar Powered Ventilators
The first green item I’d like to talk about is solar powered car ventilators. These devices are really awesome for several reasons. The first and obvious reason is that they use free energy from the sun to do their job. They don’t need to be plugged in, and your car doesn’t need to be running for it to work. In fact, they do their job while your car is parked.
The second reason that you should use these is because they help to cool your car during hot summer months. It won’t be a dramatic difference, but you will notice one. The air won’t feel as stuffy when you first get in. With that said, they eliminate toluene—a toxic gas that develops when hot air is trapped inside of your car. And when you have children, that’s all the more reason to keep the air within your car healthy.
The third reason that you should use these is due to the fact that they circulate the air within your car which means that your interior will constantly smell fresh. This is especially useful if you’re a smoker, a gym enthusiast, or someone who works outdoors and tends to sweat a lot.
Smoke and sweaty odors tend to linger, especially in automobiles. And yes, those little hanging tree deodorizers will make your car smell fresh as well—but they’re just bandaids that mask odor. Ventilators actually remove it.
Lastly, the fourth reason to get one of these is because high temperature within your car can affect the performance and service life of electrical and electronic items in the car— solar ventilators can help to protect those expensive electrical appliances.
If all of those reasons sound good, and you’re considering investing in one (they’re not expensive at all), look into the Stylooc Solar Car Ventilator. People use these on cars and also on their RVs for travel or camping trips. Some even use them on basement windows.
One thing that you should keep in mind is that they are solar powered. People tend to forget, and get upset when the device stops working on cloudy days. That’s pretty much the only downside to these devices. Other than that, these gadgets are a great investment.
BPA Free Steering Wheel Covers
Before you shrug this off, let me first tell you why steering wheel covers are essential, and why many drivers prefer to use them.
Steering wheels are used every time we operate a car—our hands are in constant contact with the device. Due to this constant touching, steering wheels show wear and tear over time. And naturally, steering wheel covers prevent the wear and tear from showing—even prevent it. Plus, if you’re looking to sell your car in the future, you definitely want to conserve the aesthetics of the steering wheel.
Steering wheel covers also help you obtain a better grip—especially in emergency situations where your car might experience a tire blow out, or hydroplane.
Do I have your attention? Great. Now, you’re probably wondering if eco-friendly steering wheel covers actually exist on the market, and the answer is yes, they do. There is a limited selection, but they do exist.
This odorless steering wheel cover by BDK is nontoxic and BPA Free. As a result, it doesn’t contain that nauseating synthetic smell that most covers have—especially when the car gets hot. It also doesn’t discolor or fade, and consists of a universal shape that fits all standard size steering wheels (13.5 to 14.5 inches). Want to know the best part? It’s only $12.
Eco-Friendly Car Seat Covers
Car seat covers are another essential item if you’d like to preserve your interior and keep away wear and tear. The problem is that many car seat covers are either leather or cheap synthetic material that leech chemicals into the air during hot weather.
Fortunately, if you take the time to research and shop around, you’ll find innovative, eco-friendly car seat covers made of biodegradable stuffing such as buckwheat hull—like the Suninbox car seat, pictured below.
Buckwheat hulls are pollutant-free, pure, odorless, and chemical-free. The cellular structure that these husks form inside of the padding creates pain free-travel—which is great for people with hip problems. The husk are also breathable, making the air in your car less stuffy.
Eco-Friendly Backseat Car Organizer
Backseat car organizers are road trip essentials—especially if you have kids. They’re a convenient way for kids to store their books, iPads, drinks, snacks and other travel gadgets within arms reach.
Maybe you don’t have kids—perhaps you’re an outdoor enthusiast with a furry best friend, who like to travel and go on hikes together. Well, these backseat organizers can hold pet products too. And luckily, more and more backseat organizers are jumping on the green train.
If you’re looking to invest in a top quality car seat organizer, look into the Ziu Ziu 11 backseat car organizer. It’s made from eco-friendly 600D oxford cloth and mesh, which is waterproof and extremely durable.
In conclusion, you don’t need a fancy electric car to be eco friendly. Making your car greener from within can greatly lower your car’s carbon foot print as well. Regular tune-ups and green car products can also contribute to healthier air circulation within the interior, creating healthier travel for you and your loved ones.