An area of eco-minded vehicle use and upkeep that definitely fits in anyone’s budget is car maintenance projects. Nobody understands that better than Mark Greene, President of
From biodegradable wheel cleaner to waterless, spray-on car wash solution, Griot’s Garage began marketing what is now a dizzying variety of environmentally friendly car-care products over 20 years ago.
“Our concern for the environment goes back to the beginning of the company,” says Greene. “We have always aimed to create quality products that work and adhered to strict environmental standards.”
According to Greene, that commitment goes beyond VOC-compliant degreasers, non-toxic, phosphate free rust removers, and citrus-based cleaning solutions for everything from rubber trim to garage floor concrete.
“We take it one step farther by packaging our products in high quality, reuseable containers and reuseable sprayers all made from fully recyclable, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics—the same kind of plastic used for beverage containers and, when recycled, synthetic clothing like Polarfleece,” says Greene. “Even the packing material we use when mailing products to customers comes from recycled material. Refill. Reuse. Recycle. It’s our mantra.”
These days, various state and federal laws make it virtually impossible for any company to sell products that are not environmentally friendly. But Greene says his company’s environmental commitment is more personal—“I use and test everything in our handbook.”—and comes from a simple desire to do the right and sustainable thing: keep trash out of landfills; conserve and protect water resources; and, generally, do no harm where the environment is concerned.”
The result is a product that works and is safe. According to Greene, this is an eco-minded business solution that has no downside, no hit to the company’s bottom line. “Quite the opposite,” says Greene, “we’ve found that doing what’s good for the environment is also good for the customer’s pocket, too.”