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May 9, 2010

Recycling Windshield Wiper Blades

06/03/2010: At long last, here is the REAL post about recycling windshield wiper blades.

So, here’s the deal.  I was going to post a review of recyclable silicone windshield wiper blades today.  The company sent me a set try out.  As many of you know, I don’t have a car, so I planned to test out the blades on my friend’s car.   Unfortunately, I waited until yesterday to open the package and discovered that the company had sent me the wrong ones.  (This is what can happen when you wait until the last minute.)  The blades they sent did work on my friend’s car, but they are not the “green” ones in the eco-friendly packaging that can be returned for recycling.

So who cares? you might be thinking.  Why tell us this today? Couldn’t you just ask the company to send the right blades and post a review later?  Well, chickadees, I will do that.  But sadly, I had promised today’s post as my contribution to the Green Moms Carnival on transportation, held today at Big Green Purse, and the link was put up on that site in advance so that Diane, the host, could leave town for a month-long trip, so basically it’s too late to change anything.

*Big Sigh*

So go check out the transportation carnival.  The Green Moms are pissed about oil spills and gas guzzling cars and have a lot more important things to talk about than windshield wiper blades.  I’ll still review the wiper blades in a future post.  For today, I’ll recycle some transportation-themed posts from last year.  I researched the heck out of them, so why not go for a second round?  Seriously.  They’re all kinds of awesome.

Eco-Driving is great. But how about less driving in the first place?

Out of the Seat and Onto Our Feet. But is Walking Really Plastic-Free?

Buses and Trains. Going on a Power Trip.

May is National Bike Month. Will You Give Biking a Try?

And, also? I gotta tell you about my new Translink card which will save many, many plastic bus and train tickets, as well as my new Bike Link card that will allow me to store my bike securely at the BART station. But sadly, those too are posts for another day.

Anyway, why are you all sitting at your computers? It’s Spring! Bike to Work Day is this week! Get out and use your feet or pedals. Winter will be here before you know it!

11 comments
Emily
Emily

Aw I'm sorry Beth! Can't wait to hear about them though. I'm sure my husband would be all for that. .-= Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green´s last blog ..Giveaway: Bagnesia =-.

Earth Friendly Goodies
Earth Friendly Goodies

Recyclable windshield wipers sound great to me - I was just noticing that my wipers were getting pretty shabby - they still work great after ten years though! It is just the plastic (eeeks sorry for cursing around here) cover (snow guard maybe?) is falling apart. Other than that I have no reason to get new ones even after all this time. .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..How to Green Your Car with a Re-Useable K & N Air Filter =-.

claire
claire

this may be totally irrelevant but if you ever go to a junkyard or tire store, the ground will be littered with the metal cores from the valve stems (air tubes) of tires (http://resuspension.com/cart/files/t_397.jpg). I thought these little things were gorgeous and collected a whole mess of them from the ground (much to the amusement of the junkyard employees) and have every intention of making necklaces out of them (I'm still looking for a good way to hang them from the top-most piece). obviously the waste associated with maintaining cars is astronomical (one word, tires!) so any step to make previously disposable pieces recyclable/reusable is a step in the right direction. I look forward to reading about the silicone wiper blades.

Clif
Clif

Speaking of biking, walking, etc...did I tell you I am a Census Enumerator? Enumerators get assigned a route of homes in their neighborhoods. At about $19/hour and at hours of your own choosing (no mornings for me!) it's not bad work. Of course it is gov't work and that means paperwork to the max but I digress... Here's what has me downcast. I said in the neighborhood and that means within 4 or 5 blocks of home. So wouldn't you assume that if ever there were a job where you could walk or bike this would be it? All you need carry is a little (plastic) satchel. But out of 12 in my class of graduates of enumerator school, I am the only one not using a car. At meetings at the local Dunkin Donuts each day, it's cars and more cars. DD is just down the block but a big consideration in choosing it was that it has a parking lot. And we're having beautiful spring weather, and there are sidewalks everywhere. I can only echo your word...sigh! Will Americans ever awaken from their automotive trance? When they take showers and catch sight of their feet, do they wonder what they are for? P.S. women have called me sweetie and honey and now you have added chickadee...I guess I'm just not the Arnold Schwarzenegger type, though when on Census duty I do say "I'll be back" quite a bit.

Brian
Brian

Hi folks, My name's Brian and I found your site through Google Alerts...with a focus on the words 'windshield wipers'. Like you I have an interest in a less polluted planet and being an engineer I thought about how wipers work and why they get dumped so often and hey,...guess what? We are all being conned into thinking wiper blades should be dumped and changed for new ones at least 5 or 6 times too often. There are technical factors involved with wiper operations and yes, clear vision is super important. However, it is only the blade edges that are becoming rounded and chipped through being rubbed against grit and road filth that makes for a streaky screen, often some judder and sometimes squeaks. Okay so they might get brittle in winter and too soft in summer which creates its own issues, but frost damage can be reduced by wiping your screen with 70% vinegar every few weeks and even cleaning blades with it helps soften them. In summer wash them each day with fresh water to remove grit and they wont wear down so fast But...and here is the winner...go to www.wiper-wizard.com and get yourself a little blade restorer. Dead simple to use and you can repair the worn or chipped blade edge in less than 60 seconds. An average blade will allow this restoration at least 6 times and THIS is a MASSIVE reduction to the impact on the environment. What I like most about this Blade Restorer is it can be used in the wet or the dry and has no moving parts and nothing to rust. It's also really inexpensive too. Hope this helps. Brian

condo blues
condo blues

I'm looking forward to the recyclable windshield wiper post. The only think I've been able to recycle is the little metal strip on the end of the windshield wiper blade. I found several on the ground when I was filling up my car at the gas station and brought them home. I put them in the seams of the flags I fly in front of my house. They keep the flag from bunching up and it flies standing at attention. .-= condo blues´s last blog ..Zestra Natural Nookie Giveaway! =-.

Micaela
Micaela

You are great at going with the flow Beth...you created your own mini transportation carnival with all those links!! Looking forward to finding out more about those windshield wipers someday...

Karen Hanrahan aka Best Of Mother Earth
Karen Hanrahan aka Best Of Mother Earth

I have to agree with Lynn - you're a hoot and an inspiration!! .-= Karen Hanrahan aka Best Of Mother Earth´s last blog ..Bev Edgerton The Realtor =-.

Lynn from OrganicMania.com
Lynn from OrganicMania.com

Beth, you do two things for me: 1. Either you inspire me OR 2. You crack me up. Today you cracked me up. Thank you! Can't wait to see you at BlogHER! .-= Lynn from OrganicMania.com´s last blog ..Thinking Again About a Hybrid or Electric Car? You’re Not the Only One =-.

Sonja
Sonja

"It’s Spring!" If only! It's always raining, and although I do almost everything by bike, I'm not biking when it rains! So that leaves the public transport - not bad, but more hassle than simply taking my beloved bike.

Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green
Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

Aw I'm sorry Beth! Can't wait to hear about them though. I'm sure my husband would be all for that. .-= Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green´s last blog ..Giveaway: Bagnesia =-.