EcoWeek,  May 21-28, 2007

Ontario firm offers reusable automotive seat and floor covers to replace disposables

Across North America, automotive dealership service centres, collision shops and garages use disposable seat and floor covers to protect customer vehicle interiors from grease, oil and dirt. The use of these covers generates hundreds of tons of plastic waste going to landfills, with additional quantities of non-renewable resources consumed in producing replacement covers.

An eastern Ontario company, Clearwater Impex Group, is rising to this environmental challenge by offering a reusable product to replace its disposable counterpart. The company is promoting its Promat Eco-Seat/Floor Cover to service customers. Each Eco-Cover will reduce waste sent for disposal by up to 35 pounds over the course of its lifetime, while conserving the same amount in raw non-renewable resources.

"We feel that this should be both a shop- and consumer-driven effort," says Clearwater president Roland Zikmanis.

"There are great benefits for the shop in selling these seat/floor covers to their customers," he explains. "Firstly, they can advertise and promote that they are doing something for the environment by selling these covers. Secondly, the more of their customers who have their own seat cover, the less disposables they have to purchase. Thirdly, the ultimate goal of reducing plastic waste going to landfills, along with less production of these disposables means less greenhouse gasses from factories and refineries."

The Eco-Cover is constructed of a polypropylene cloth with a thin laminate coating to enhance seepage control. Its shape and size make it usable for both bucket and split-bench seats. The cover comes with a resealable pouch for ease of storage in the customer's vehicle. Cleaning the cover requires only a quick wipe-off with a damp cloth before folding and storing.

More information is available from Roland Zikmanis, 613/273-8100, E-mail E-mail clear, Web site

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