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10 everyday services gone green

By: Sidney Stevens on Dec. 12, 2011, 8:56 a.m.
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Auto repair

Maybe you drive a hybrid or maintain your regular car for high-mpg performance. When it comes time to hit the repair shop, though, all your good green intentions may fly out the window. That’s because many auto shops rely on harsh solvents, VOC-laden auto paints, and dispose of toxic fluids like oil and antifreeze in environmentally unsound ways. If you’re really serious about minimizing your auto-related eco-footprint, it can pay to visit a green-minded mechanic. Besides Googling shops in your area, try some of these regional resources: Honest-1 Auto Care has repair centers in 10 states, Green Repair Now maintains auto shops in Tennessee and Georgia, and Green Garage sports locations in Denver and Boulder, Colo. Another green up-and-comer is Luscious Garage in San Francisco, specializing in hybrid and plug-in repairs.