By Ben Garcia
New research reveals that Kuwait has the highest rate of water consumption on a global scale – news that rang alarm bells for those spending summer in Kuwait. Approximately 500 liters of water are consumed per capita, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research(KISR) has found. Water is wasted in numerous forms – for brushing teeth, cooking, bathing, laundry to house and car washing. Imagine the waste. Now with summer around the corner, water consumption is set to increase to astronomical levels.
In fact, just by cleaning your average household sedan, you are already measured to have consumed up to 500 liters of water – our most vital natural resource. However, washing your car, nowadays, has eco-friendly and water-saving alternatives. Could water-less car wash products be the solution if not the answer to lowering water consumption in Kuwait? In February this year, Waless Car Detailing and Protection Estate launched its eco-friendly car wash services in Al-Rai. The Waless, short for water less car
wash service, was introduced in Kuwait to help Kuwait become self- sufficient and environment-friendly.
Seeing how much water is wasted in such a simple every day task, Ahmed Mansour, the owner of Waless, Kuwait said that the best thing he could do to help the country was to introduce a car wash that uses minimal amounts of water, “I found this eco-friendly solution and perhaps it’s the best contribution I could ever be proud of for my country. I imported the ‘Freedom Waterless Car Wash’ products from the US after months of research and trials before bringing them to Kuwait,” Mansour said.
In his words, it is about time we made an effort to help the world conserve this valuable resource – water. He said, “If we don’t do anything and leave this issue to the next generation we are in danger; we have to be proactive. Many organizations and concerned individuals have issued warnings about the escalating problem. So we have to act now.
Waless mission is to protect the environment and help the government preserve water resources. “I have seen every morning how much water is wasted just to wash a car. You see it mostly in high-density urban areas and in the suburbs. These people waste water without a care.” In comparison, Mansour claimed, “If a sedan consumes approximately 500 liters of water per car wash, with Waless ‘freedom products,’ only one liter of the product can clean up to ten sedan cars. Imagine the water we could conserve by u
sing these products.
The product was launched under Waless Detailing and Protection Estate in February 2011. Freedom products are liquid based from distilled water, 99 percent biodegradable, entirely chemical-free and promise to wash and shine each vehicle to its maximum potential. In addition to the liquid products, freedom International have also made a microfiber chamois (cloth) to polish and clean the surface of each vehicle to achieve the best results.
The microfibers absorb all dust and dirt from the surface as they contain natural super polymers and waxes that leave a natural repellent for your car. It is guaranteed to last three days, “We guarantee a mirror like finish after undergoing a water-less car wash,” Mansour said.
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by Meredith Reynolds, Sustainability Coordinator
Oct 27, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA
The Long Beach Police Department is trading in its hoses for a more environmentally friendly method of washing police vehicles. The Police Department announced today a waterless car wash pilot project aimed at reducing the water used for washing police vehicles. This 12-week Pilot project will test waterless car wash products to see how the waterless alternatives compare.
“This could be a win-win situation for the City if this pilot program is successful,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We are taking another step to becoming a sustainable city by reducing water usage and pollution, but also save the City money.”
The Police Department washes approximately 50 police vehicles per week at the Police Headquarters. “Washing our vehicles is necessary to maintain them, but does not necessarily require the use of water,” said Chief Billy Quach. “The Long Beach Police Department is committed to looking for ways to reduce our operational water usage to be in line with the City’s water policies.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cleaning a vehicle using soap and a water hose can waste up to 116 gallons of water per car wash. The dirt and debris stuck to an automobile’s surface can be a combination of soils, oils, grease and other polluting compounds. The combination of dirty soap and excess water runoff resulting from a car wash can contaminate local soils and waterways.
“Amid the state water crisis, it is important for the City of Long Beach to seek out new ways of permanently reducing water use,” said Kevin Wattier, General Manager for the Long Beach Water Department. “Instead of using potable water to wash these vehicles, waterless alternatives exist and can be explored through this pilot project.”
The waterless car wash cleaning products have been donated by Freedom Waterless Car Wash company for the 12-week pilot project. “Washing cars wastes water and creates run-off that drags pollutants into our storm drains leading to the ocean,” said David Elliot, founder of the Freedom Waterless Carwash company. “The waterless alternative is organic, non-toxic and saves water, time and money.”
The Waterless Car Wash pilot project is a partnership among the Office of Sustainability, the Long Beach Police Department and the Long Beach Water Department.
Long Beach Water is an urban, Southern California retail water supply agency, and the standard in water conservation and environmental stewardship.
The Office of Sustainability develops and implements model sustainability programs for the City of Long Beach. For more information on the City’s sustainability programs, visit http://www.sustainablelb.com/
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Long Beach City’s Police Department and Freedom Waterless Car Wash announce a partnership in a pilot program to clean their Black and White police vehicles spotless and shiny using NO WATER.
On October 29th, 10am, Thursday, on the steps of Long Long Beach City Hall will be the formal unveiling and announcement of the Freedom Waterless Car Wash Pilot Program in partnership with Long Beach City Police Department.
With the cooperation of Mayor Bob Foster’s Office of Sustainability, City of Long Beach and the guidance of Meredith Reynolds, Long Beach City’s Sustainability Coordinator, and David Elliott, Founder of Freedom Waterless Carwash, the city’s finest have agreed to roll out a pilot program whereby their current method of hand washing police cars will be substituted with Freedom Waterless Carwash.
Freedom Waterless Car Wash is a 99% biodegradable cleaning product that effectively cleans vehicles in an ultra eco-friendly way. Each car will be cleaned using two plush, microfiber towels and 2-5 ounces of cleaning product made from a special blend of water, soaps, lubricants, waxes and polymers. The towels can be washed in the washing machine and be used over and over again.
Car washing by hand can use up to 80-140 gallons per wash.* [From the International Carwash Association]. Commercial car washes use approximately 45 gallons of water per car wash. The runoff from hand car washing contains contaminated water laden with harmful chemicals, soaps and oils from road grime that gets stuck to the vehicle while driving. This contaminated water can leach directly into the soil and eventually into local waterways, thus creating environmental damage and polluting our precious watershed systems. Most commercial car washes flush the used “grey water” into the sanitary system, creating more water and chemicals to process.
Freedom Waterless Carwash creates NO toxic runoff and only uses a few ounces water to clean, polish and protect the vehicle. The vehicles will stay clean longer due to the anti-static properties in the formula and result in fewer cleanings per month. This will save time, money and effort maintaining the cleanliness of the fleet. A minimum of 50 Police cars will be washed using this method per week.
Freedom Waterless Carwash Video Demo
“In January 2009, we revamped and improved the entire Freedom product line-up. We started using ‘food grade dyes,’ and passed a biodegradability test with a result of 99% “readily” biodegradable. Now Freedom Waterless Carwash cleans and shines better than ever. It goes on easier and repels dust and dirt for weeks. We have also added the Freedom Complete Clean All Purpose “Greener” Cleaner to the family of Freedom products. This amazing product not only removes bugs, tar and brake dust, but it can even clean carpets and upholstery.” – David Elliott, Founder/Co-Owner, Freedom Waterless Carwash.
“We have vast knowledge and expertise in logistics, research & development and environmental protection guidelines. We have two teams of environmentally compliant chemists who develop, test and certify all of our products.”
“There are close to a billion vehicles in America and billions more worldwide. The demand for a “friendlier to the environment” high performance waterless car wash product line is ENORMOUS! We are ready, set up and extremely capable of filling this ever-growing demand.” – David Elliott, Founder/Co-Owner, Freedom Waterless Carwash
California, in particular Southern California, is in a declared state of drought and has committed to take necessary actions to reduce their use of water and practice conservation efforts whenever possible. This is a stated goal of both the Governor of California, the Mayor of Long Beach City and the Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles County.
Governor Schwarzenegger, just last week, announced California’s Green Cities website, http://www.greencitiescalifornia.org/
“As California continues to lead our nation in green technology and sustainability, it is essential that our cities and local governments step up and take the lead as well…”. Governor Schwarzenegger http://www.greencitiescalifornia.org/transportation
The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has also implemented the Emerald Cities Program which is an innovative, public-private partnership, designed to achieve California’s aggressive resource conservation and environmental goals. Through hands-on technical and financial assistance, the program will help local and regional communities become more environmentally sustainable and become part of the effort to meet the state’s environmental, energy and economic priorities.
Emerald Cities Pilot Program expands the focus to other environmental priorities including water conservation, energy efficiency, improved air quality, and protection of agricultural and open space lands.
Freedom Waterless Car Wash supplies Eco Suds Car Wash, a well-known and popular Houston-based waterless detailing company.
For More Information:
Meredith Reynolds, Sustainability Coordinator
City of Long Beach, Office of Sustainability
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 13th Floor Long Beach, CA 90802
Meredith.Reynolds [at] longbeach.gov
David Elliott – Freedom International, LLC – Freedom Waterless Car Wash – California- Florida- England
PH. 808 779-7163 EMAIL: Dave [at] freedomwaterlesscarwash.com
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By Joyce Benson
Here’s a post that I did in the early fall, but I thought I’d re-post it with some additional information. A few days ago, we had a reprieve from the on-going 20-something degree temperatures, and I was able to spend some time outside again in 50 degree weather. How glorious! This time, I wondered how well the waterless car wash would work on my salt-covered car. Again, I was quite happy with the results.
The concept of a waterless car wash may sound a bit dubious, but there are actually products on the market designed to clean cars without a water-spewing hose. ‘The EPA states that cleaning a vehicle using soap and a water hose, can waste up to 116 gallons of water per car wash. Even an automatic car wash uses about 40 gallons per car wash and requires a vast amount of energy (which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions)’.
I tried some of these products this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Not only did the non-toxic waterless car wash from Freedom work well, but it was easy to use and it even smelled great! The Super Polymer Formula One cleans, polishes and protects an automobile’s painted, glass, chrome, fiberglass, and plastic surfaces. The bottled car wash is water-based and therefore can be used on wet or dry surfaces and be used anywhere (ideal for apartment/condo dwellers or those located in drought-stricken areas).
I simply sprayed on the product, wiped it with a micro-fiber towel, then lightly buffed it off with another clean micro-fiber towel, which left my car remarkably clean and shiny. I also tried the Eco Tire Protectant which left my tires looking brand new. This product can be used on interior rubber, vinyl and leather surfaces as well. I was a little concerned when I finished and looked down at my dirty fingernails, but upon one good wash in the sink, all of the residue was easily removed. The company offers a 2 Wax + Polymer Original Formula which contains natural waxes to protect a car’s surface, but I didn’t have a chance to try that one yet. Every bottle of product allows for 5-10 car washings and is recyclable upon emptying.
While I had been given these products by the manufacturer so that I could personally use them and post my experience with them, I have not received any compensation to provide a good review. I simply have been genuinely pleased with the Freedom waterless car wash products and highly recommend them to any car owner.
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