Cruz Thru And The EnvironmentWe truly do care
Providing a clean, dry and shiny car for all of our customers while also trying to do our part to conserve natural resources, such as water, is extremely important to us. At Cruz Thru, caring for the environment and being a green business isn't just a buzzword, it's an action, and here's how:
Compared to the average amount of fresh water a person might use when washing his or her vehicle in the drive way with a hose, we only use a fraction of that amount of water (Up to 150 gallons in the driveway for a 15 minute DIY car wash vs 20 gallons at Cruz Thru). Cruz Thru locations have water reclamation systems which allow us to filter, clean and re-use over 100 gallons a minute (far more than what our demand is) in the wash process. Used water at all locations runs directly to a unique collection system that filters the water and removes harmful sediments and oil before it reaches local sewers. Our locations also use a custom pump system to deliver non-potable water to our landscape irrigation system, and to the hoses we use to wash down with. You can learn more about our water conservation project HERE.
Biodegradable and Recycled Products
We use only biodegradable detergents and make sure our suppliers have met stringent environmental standards. We also refuse to use the harsh acids used by many other car washes to get the vehicle clean; these acids are extremely harmful to the environment and over time they damage the car as well.
Our locations have blue bins in the vacuum area to encourage recycling of bottles, cans, and other materials. Other trash is separated and recyclable materials are collected. We go thru this process because we believe it is best that materials that can be reused or recycled are, and don't end up in our local landfills.
A minimum of 20% of our total area is green space, some of which is planted with indigenous plants. These plants don't require irrigation, allow rain water to return to the underground aquifers, and enhance the overall feel of the community. Plants that do require irrigation are so by reclaimed water at several locations, while other locations utilize synthetic grass to further reduce water usage. Several of our locations have even gone a step further: synthetic or "fake" grass has been installed, removing the need to water, while also using reclaimed water to keep the vegetation hydrated.
At Cruz Thru we use LED and other energy efficient lighting sources, and the electric motors that power our washing equipment utilize VFDs, or Variable Frequency Drives, which allow us to use little to no power when there is no demand.