I usually read several blog and environmental sites on the web looking for ideas on what the ‘hot topic’ is of the day. Today over at Yahoo! Green and TreeHugger they were talking about drive-thru restaurants (or any drive-thru for that matter) and the effects on the environment. I must admit that I have never thought about my impact on the environment while sitting at McDonalds picking up a Happy Meal for my son. You typically wait in the car line for about 5 minutes while your car idles away (and that’s on a good day). Yahoo! Green stated that ‘idling in your car at the drive-thru window burns between 100-244 grams of C02.’ Nevermind the fact that when you let your car idle you are wasting more gas than if you would have just turned it off and back on again. I need to do some more research on this one to check the facts but it seems logical that your environmental impact would be lessened by avoiding the drive thru’s. Think about that next time you pick up your coffee in the morning or your clothes at the cleaners in the evening.
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