Sometimes We Drive

It’s true. Sometimes we drive. Well, actually I rarely drive, I am a nervous wreck if I do, but sometimes I am a passenger. How can this be?? I live in Montreal, I blah blah blah about sustainable me and all that we can do, and sometimes I drive? So just to remind: I am human, living on Earth in 2010. So, ya, I drive sometimes. We go on vacation, we go to the country, we go out to RDP and Hudson sometimes. And, yes, all my cycling enthusiasts, I know we could bike, but sometimes it’s just too far, yA know? So what to do to make the driving more of a sustainable event? If that’s possible! I need to think about this, otherwise I am really torn up by the fact that my husband and I own a car, albeit a fairly efficient VW diesel Golf, with aspirations of becoming a biodiesel Golf when it grows up. Owning a car is one of the things that I do feel guilty about. Why you ask do we have it then? Well, my other half has this crazy, pseudo-sustainable job that requires a car. And that is another tale in itself…..

First: Think before you drive! Weighing options sounds tedious and time consuming but there you have it. How much we will save if we drive to get the big bulk bag of locally grown organic whole wheat flour from the local co-op for our homemade sourdough bread? Can we bring people with us? Can we fill the care with other things we need, combing trips? etc…..
All food for thought!
And then I came across this: Car Talk’s Eco Era, which made me really happy, mostly because we do most of the basics already. Guilt assauged. Phew.
And what about our own local heros, EcoAuto? What happened to this full service biodiesel convert garage? They seem to be off the map. Out of business? What’s happening in the biodiesel world anyway? Has big business taken over already?
Well, sort of. And this is some of what I’ve found so far: Biodiesel FAQ

It’s true. Sometimes we drive. Well, actually I rarely drive, I am a nervous wreck if I do, but sometimes I am a passenger. How can this be?? I live in Montreal, I blah blah blah about sustainable me and all that we can do, and sometimes I drive? So just to remind: I am human, living on Earth in 2010. So, ya, I drive sometimes. We go on vacation, we go to the country, we go out to RDP and Hudson sometimes. And, yes, all my cycling enthusiasts, I know we could bike, but sometimes it’s just too far, yA know? So what to do to make the driving more of a sustainable event? If that’s possible! I need to think about this, otherwise I am really torn up by the fact that my husband and I own a car, albeit a fairly efficient VW diesel Golf, with aspirations of becoming a biodiesel Golf when it grows up. Owning a car is one of the things that I do feel guilty about. Why you ask do we have it then? Well, my other half has this crazy, pseudo-sustainable job that requires a car. And that is another tale in itself…..

First: Think before you drive! Weighing options sounds tedious and time consuming but there you have it. How much we will save if we drive to get the big bulk bag of locally grown organic whole wheat flour from the local co-op for our homemade sourdough bread? Can we bring people with us? Can we fill the care with other things we need, combing trips? etc…..
All food for thought!
And then I came across this: Car Talk’s Eco Era, which made me really happy, mostly because we do most of the basics already. Guilt assauged. Phew.
And what about our own local heros, EcoAuto? What happened to this full service biodiesel convert garage? They seem to be off the map. Out of business? What’s happening in the biodiesel world anyway? Has big business taken over already?
Well, sort of. And this is some of what I’ve found so far: Biodiesel FAQ

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