New Trends to Consider When Shopping for an Eco-Friendly Car

Green Youth Movement Partners with RecycleBank to Rid LA of Waste

Organic, Recycled + Reclaimed...The New World of Eco-Fashion

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New Trends to Consider When Shopping for an Eco-Friendly Car
Insights from experts at AutoTrader.com

Coming out of auto show season, new and interesting “green” trends are emerging – giving consumers more options when it comes to purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle. As manufacturers usher in the latest styles and models with every kind of consumer in mind, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends when searching for a green car.

Experts from AutoTrader.com, the largest online auto classifieds site, have identified the following new trends for eco-friendly vehicles to help educate consumers considering this type of purchase. Three new green vehicle trends include:

Manufacturers are working to get “green” car mileage out of conventional cars.

-By using lighter weight materials and making the cars smaller, companies are starting to squeeze 35 and 40 mpg out of conventional vehicles, without the added price that a hybrid can cost. This not only helps Mother Nature, but also the consumer’s wallet.

-Brands like Ford (with the Fiesta), Mini, Scion (with the iQ), Chevy (with the Cruze) and Fiat (with the 500) are showing cars that are small, fun, sexy and get good gas mileage.

The definition of turbo charging is changing.

-In the past, turbo charging was used to get extra horse power – it was all about more pickup and faster rides. But now, many manufacturers are using turbo charging to increase gas mileage and save customers money.

-Consumers who are interested in green cars and see a car marked “turbo” should ask the sales person, “Is that an efficiency turbo or a performance turbo?” Consumers shouldn’t be shy about asking these questions.

Luxury is now also going green.

-At the recent Geneva Motor Show, upscale brands like BMW, Ferrari and Porsche were showcasing hybrid concept cars, proving that using less gasoline isn’t just for budget minded consumers – even those who can afford a $100,000 vehicle are eco-conscious.

-As proven by these concept cars, manufacturers are seeing a demand among high-income car buyers for more fuel efficient vehicles that are also fun and luxurious, so this is a trend that likely won’t be going away.


Top 10 Most Searched New Hybrids on Its Site:

1. Toyota Prius II
2. Toyota Camry
3. Ford Fusion Hybrid
4. Honda Insight EX
5. Lexus HS 250h
6. Toyota Highlander Limited with 3rd Row
7. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
8. Honda Civic
9. Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD
10. Lexus RX 450h AWD

“In the past, the selection of eco-friendly cars was limited, forcing consumers to choose from a handful of options,” said Shawn Tucker, auto analyst at AutoTrader.com.” Today, manufacturers are catering to everyone, and the definition of eco-friendly vehicles are changing. Consumers who want to help reduce their carbon footprints need to educate themselves on the wide array of vehicles available, and keep up with evolving green car trends, which will help them save money and stay informed when searching for an eco-friendly vehicle of their own. Visit www.AutoTrader.com to learn more.

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Green Youth Movement Partners with RecycleBank to
Rid LA of Waste

The teen-founded environmental nonprofit, Green Youth Movement (GYM), recently announced an exciting new partnership. Working with RecycleBank, a company that rewards people for their green actions, the two groups plan to make the best of their partnership by raising environmental awareness in and around the city of Los Angeles.

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day marked the beginning of the organizations’ eco-conscious union. After hosting the event at LA Live on April 22, 2010, to launch the pilot program for RecycleBank, 17-year old GYM founder Ally Maize decided to join forces with RecycleBank in an effort to bring Los Angeles City to zero waste. The program offers a rewards incentive to individuals and communities who practice a green lifestyle by recycling, conserving water, using public transportation, and much more.

“RecycleBank will bring meaningful value to the residents of Los Angeles,” said Ron Gonen, CEO of RecycleBank. “On average, our members earn between $130 and $200 dollars in reward value each year through their home recycling efforts. RecycleBank continues to demonstrate that when financial incentives are aligned, people will make the better environmental choice. We hope everyone can join together and see the value recycling has to offer and realize it is the one simple thing that every one of us can do today for a better tomorrow.”

RecycleBank serves over one million people in 26 states and the United Kingdom. RecycleBank’s program helps cities save money in landfill disposal fees while becoming better stewards of the environment. RecycleBank Points can be redeemed for rewards, such as groceries, school supplies, restaurants and more from hundreds of local and national reward partners.

“RecycleBank is a program that I feel extremely passionate about,” says Maize. “It provides such an accessible option for people who are determined to save our environment, but aren’t quite sure where to start. GYM’s partnership with RecycleBank will provide yet another valuable way teens can help save our environment.”

High school freshman Chloe Mills, GYM vice president and liaison for RecycleBank, will work with local schools to educate students about the benefits of RecycleBank. “The organic pairing of GYM and RecycleBank is anticipated to be one giant step for our planet, one with a smaller carbon-footprint,” says Mills.

The Green Youth Movement (GYM) is comprised of students who are concerned about the environment. As a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, founded by Ally Maize at the young age of 15, GYM aims to educate kids and teens about environmental awareness, green living and sustainability. Collectively, this age group can make a big difference in reducing environmental impacts for a brighter, greener future. For more information and/or to get involved, please visit www.greenyouthmovement.org. For more information about RecycleBank, visit www.RecycleBank.com.

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Organic, Recycled + Reclaimed...
The New World of Eco-Fashion

GreenEnvy, an online retailer of eco-friendly fashion, jewelry, beauty and accessories has officially launched its website, LoveGreenEnvy.com. GreenEnvy offers eco-trendy consumers everyday fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessory products with an environmental twist.

GreenEnvy, www.LoveGreenEnvy.com, is the brainchild of a trendy, international fashion designer and a philanthropic, business savvy vegetarian! With experience, trend awareness and a dedication to environmentally responsible fashion and beauty products, GreenEnvy’s team of designers have developed products that utilize recycled materials, organic fabrics, and natural ingredients.

“We created a collection of trendy everyday products that gave consumers eco-friendly and ethical options across all fashion and beauty categories,” said Cindy Keizman of GreenEnvy. Products include flip flops made from recycled rubber, jewelry designed using reclaimed metals and threads, organic and natural fabric clothing and bags, a complete line of bath and beauty products that are non-toxic and even organic snacks.

Additionally, GreenEnvy is dedicated to supporting organizations that are committed to creating an equitable and sustainable world, and has set up a charitable giving program whereby a portion of each sale goes to a different green charity every month. www.LoveGreenEnvy.com

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Summer Coolers
Celebrating National Iced Tea Month

It was a scorching hot summer day at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and festival attendees were uninterested in the hot tea that Richard Blechynden was serving. Attempting to salvage the day, he poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of “taking tea” was forever changed. Crediting the “invention” of iced tea to Richard Blechynden is the subject of great debate, but all might agree that his efforts helped to popularize this most refreshing and delicious elixir.

It's cool, refreshing, good for you, and so popular that an entire month has been set aside to celebrate…summer is here and so is National Iced Tea Month. “June’s National Iced Tea Month is a good time to drink up the many benefits of tea," says Joe Simrany, President of the Tea Council of the USA. “It’s tasty, refreshing, has zero calories and is chock full of healthbenefits, so it’s a terrific beverage choice. With a multitude of research suggesting that the substances in tea may help the body maintain healthy cells and tissues, contribute to heart health and keep your weight in check, why would anyone choose to drink anything else?”

In the southern US they make sweet tea, in Thailand it is called cha yen, and in Austria the refreshing drink is called “ice” tea, rather than “iced” tea. No matter what you call it, iced tea is a satisfying and refreshing beverage enjoyed the world over.

When you home brew your iced tea you can customize it to your particular preference—some like it sweet, others unsweetened, some prefer fruit infusions like blood oranges or summer peaches, others prefer just a simple lemon wedge or sprig of mint as a garnish. If you don’t homebrew, RTD (ready to drink) teas are a convenient and delicious way to enjoy iced tea. A trip to the convenience store or local supermarket will reveal dozens of brands—each offering something to appeal to the varying tastes of today’s iced tea drinking consumer.

Iced tea fun facts:

  • The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree. This recipe calls for green tea. In fact, most sweet tea consumed during this time period was green tea. However, during World War II, the major sources of green tea were cut off from the United States, leaving consumers with tea almost exclusively from British-controlled India.
  • Today, if you ask for an “Arnold Palmer” you will be served a mix of iced tea and lemonade. It is named after its creator, golf legend, Arnold Palmer.
  • “Texas tea” in the Beverly Hillbilly’s theme song refers to oil--nothing to do with tea at all.
  • In 2003 Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools' Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
  • The famous “long island iced tea” drink doesn’t contain any tea.
  • It has been more than 100 years since Blechynden’s cool idea and iced tea remains one of the America’s most beloved beverages.

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