Above: Ruben and Gloria Mendoza accepted the Environmental Excellence Award for their business, Clean Planet Smog Check and Auto Repairs, at the Ventura Chamber of Commerce in December 2022.
Ruben runs a clean, green, and efficient shop. Even before becoming a Green Business, environmental responsibility was at the forefront of Clean Planet’s business practices, their business name, and even their slogan, which reads, “Breathe clean air, live longer”. From industry leading best practices in the shop, to LED lighting, efficient water fixtures, and paperless receipts, Clean Planet has made the small changes that add up to a large environmental benefit.
Gloria explains, “I always tell my kids that I want to see my grandkids grow up on a healthy planet. We feel like we can’t change the world, but we can change our world. It hasn’t been hard, you just have to change a few little things.”
Clean Planet is changing the perception of what a green business looks like, and showing that some of the largest environmental gains can come from industries we don’t typically associate with being eco-friendly.
Congratulations to Clean Planet Smog Check and Auto Repairs, and make sure to visit them next time you need a mechanic!
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