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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse — Driving Clean & Living Green

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: three steps to a cleaner and greener world

Guest post by Brad Long Three years ago, Americans tossed out 250 million tons of trash. One third of it was composted and recycled and the rest was left to rot in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Drastic changes need to be made and habits need to be broken for this problem to be solved, but as one person you can only do so much. Part of living a sustainable and green lifestyle is knowing what you can do and doing it. Here are five ways to incorporate planet-saving activities into your life: Green Gardening Growing a garden keeps you from having to pay extra for organic products at the grocery store. Plus, it’s fun. Avoid using chemicals …

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Top 7 Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

The Volkswagen E-Buster concept car is among the top electric and hybrid vehicles

Guest Post by Kristy Kravitsky Believe it or not, electric and hybrid vehicles are popping up left and right- and consumers are loving them. If you can get style, affordability, and spend less money on gas, why not? And guess what else- they help to save the environment. We’re sold! You don’t need a car owners manual to realize that times are changing; people are becoming more aware of how their actions affect the Earth and they’re learning how to modify them. Electric and hybrid vehicles are more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, provide various performance benefits, and reduce overall energy dependence. Plus, they’re not too hard on the eyes either. Time to sell your absurdly large Hummer; environmental ignorance is such a bad …

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Ford Brings More EVs to Market

Ford's EV utility vehicle

Electric vehicles become more mainstream There’s more than just the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt as all-electric options for your next car.  Ford, one of my favorite auto makers (because they didn’t take government bail-out money), is planning to triple it’s electric vehicle production going into 2013. Offering more options translates to better deals for consumers.  Ford will begin rolling out more than 100,000 units in 2013, more than tripling it’s current output.  More models are coming too.  Ford plans to sell the Focus Electric, an all-electric version of it’s popular compact car.  It will also produce the Transit Connect Electric Van, a great option for small businesses that previously had no super-clean options.  Thirdly, it will offer a C-Max …

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Chevy Volt Available for Rent: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Continues to Lead With Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Chevy Volt avaialable for rent from Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Here at Hippie Magazine, we like to cover cool gadgets designed and built by new, visionary companies steeped in the concept of sustainability and environmental awareness. It’s the way of the future, if we hope for a bright one. But realizing a sustainable future depends just as much, if not more, by old, stodgy big-footed industries like, say, car rental companies. This is all by way of saying that Enterprise Rent-A-Car has recently announced availability of the Chevy Volt EV for rent. People wouldn’t expect a car rental company to be particularly focused on offering alternative-type vehicles. But Enterprise has consistently shown a commitment to sustainability and alternative vehicle market leadership. Not the kind of corporate-speak you’d expect from a …

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Hybrids must make sound, right?

One of the best features of hybrids, besides the economic and environmental benefits, is that they don’t make much sound.  It’s nice to not hear the growl of an engine.  However, President Obama made his opinion known by signing the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 which will eventually require hybrid vehicles to make a sound so that children, the visually impaired and all pedestrians will have the ability to hear hybrids as they approach at slow speeds. It is a very obscure and flexible law, merely directing the Secretary of Transportation to “study and establish a motor vehicle safety standard that provides for a means of alerting blind and other pedestrians of motor vehicle operation.”  As I read it, …

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