Give Water a Brake!, 10°


In March 2012
New York, NY, United States


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About This Project, a consumer website that helps drivers make their cars greener has launched a state-by-state petition to ban copper and other hazardous materials in automotive brake pads.

The Give Water a Brake campaign aims to highlight the fact that traditional brake pads consist of some nasty materials including copper. Every time a driver steps on the brakes, material come off the pads in the form of brake dust which winds up in the run-off and can then contaminate the water supply for animals and humans alike.

California and Washington have already passed legislation that will eventually remove all copper from brake pads.

“The idea is to pressure the rest of the U.S. and our neighbors in Canada to step up and pass legislation that will begin phasing out copper and other hazardous materials in brake pads,” stated Bob Leonard, CEO of Green Automotive Alliance and founder of “We believe this grassroots effort will eventually influence national legislation.”

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