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Can Thanksgiving be Eco-Friendly?

During the holiday season, we all have so much on our plates… Especially on Thanksgiving when our plates are full of delicious food! With a little extra TLC, we can make small changes to make our holiday eco-friendly. We’re here to help with 5 tips! 

Carpool to Thanksgiving Day Dinner 

Thanksgiving and the days leading up to it are always extremely busy days to drive. The roads are full of people going to and from family gatherings and rushing around for last minute grocery store trips. Ask your loved ones if anyone wants to ride with you to Thanksgiving this year. Less traffic congestion means less vehicle emissions.   

Hear Us Out… Skip the Turkey 

We know it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without carving a turkey. But, we can still keep the spirit of tradition with nostalgic and delicious side dishes while trying a new main course. The carbon footprint of the tens of millions of turkeys consumed every November is substantial. While, yes, turkeys are more efficient to farm and feed than other meat sources such as cows, it isn’t exactly sustainable. Isn’t the best part of Thanksgiving dinner the sides and dessert anyway? 

Shop Local

Get your trimmings and sides from local growers! Shopping at a farmer’s market on the weekend can be a great way to check ingredients off your shopping list in a way that makes you feel great. A sustainable way to shop, both environmentally and economically, farmer’s markets can provide you with great quality and prices for your Thanksgiving staples like Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and baked goods. 

Reduce Waste  

Wasting food is not on the menu this Thanksgiving. We are planning ahead and buying take-home containers so that all of our guests can help themselves to leftovers of their choosing. One sustainable tip is to thrift dishes from a secondhand store instead of buying single-use plastic containers. This way, your guests can reuse the dishes themselves, and you can minimize waste even more.  

Give Back to the Community  

If you have the means, buy a couple extra cans of corn or other non-perishables when you’re shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner. Grocery stores usually have food drive bins this time of year, and you can easily give back this way. With even a few dollars, you can provide people in your community with a little taste of the holiday season. 

Happy Holidays! 

We hope that having a more sustainable Thanksgiving can bring you a sense of gratefulness and pride this year. No matter how you celebrate, from your friends at The Rideshare Company: Have a wonderful holiday season! 

by Isabelle Brown  | 


Fun Fall Treats to Bring to Work

Whether you’re looking to surprise your coworkers with a snack in the break room, the carpool, or something to add some life to your packed lunch, we have a few fall recipes that are perfect for bringing to the office this October. (Note: Always be aware of coworker allergies before offering snacks, or label with ingredients used!)

Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Customizable, snackable, and easy, mini muffins are a perfect snack on the go. Great for breakfast, lunch, or just a treat throughout the workday, it’s as easy as popping one into your mouth! Imagine breaking these out in the carpool on the way to work? Instant breakfast for everyone! We like to sneak white chocolate chips or walnuts into our mini pumpkin muffins. They’re the perfect festive October snack that your coworkers are sure to be thankful for. If you make a batch of mini muffins and found it to be a success, you can even shake it up and make different flavors next week, like banana, chocolate chip, or cinnamon streusel.

DIY Granola Bars

We’re over individually packaged store-bought granola bars this October. We’re making them ourselves! Did you know it’s as easy as mixing quick cook oats with a sweetener, a fat, and whatever add-ins you like? Homemade granola bars are a perfect energy boosting snack to slip in your lunch box, your kids’ packed lunches, or on a plate in the break room. In one batch of a simple granola bar base, you can make multiple flavor combinations so you can bring in a variety for your coworkers to choose from. Some of our favorite ingredients to add are: nut butter, mini chocolate chips, dried fruits, and sliced almonds.

Apple Chips

This one is simple, sweet, and perfectly embodies the fall season: Homemade apple chips. This treat is the perfect opportunity to practice your slicing skills and put some freshly picked apples to use without having to bake a pie. Is anything more satisfying than the flavor combination of apple and cinnamon? Making a batch of baked apple chips gives you the perfect snack to pack every day and its super sharable!  Try different types of apples to mix things up and have a perfect fall snack at the ready!

Do you have a favorite fall recipe to bring to work? Any vegan or allergy-friendly versions of the ones we’ve shared? Whether it’s made from fall ingredients or maybe Halloween themed, tweet them at us using the hashtag #TweetYourTreats!

by Isabelle Brown  | 


The Ultimate October Carpool Playlist

Everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit now that October is here. Want to get the party started in your carpool? Grab the aux cord. We’ve got you covered. Check out these five songs from our spooky season playlist that will make for a chilling drive to the office with your coworkers. 

#1: The Monster Mash

by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, the Crypt-Kickers 

This classic song has the power to transport anyone to a costume party. Get the good times started with a recognizable tune that everyone will know by the first line. 

#2: I Put a Spell on You

by Nina Simone 

This unforgettable song has the beat and lyrics to hypnotize everyone in the car. Put on the “Hocus Pocus” version, and then we’ve got a party.  

#3: People Are Strange

by The Doors 

This one always sends a shiver down our spine. It just feels like a cold autumn night with the minor key and lonely sound. Bring on the nostalgia in with this one. 

#4: Ghostbusters

by Ray Parker Jr. 

There won’t be a ghost or ghoul in the car that can stop themselves from singing along to this one. Imagine listening to this on a chilly fall morning with your carpool crew. You just might have to stop for a pumpkin spice latte on your way to work.   

#5 Thriller

by Michael Jackson 

The moment the first note hits, expect an uproar. This iconic song with a dance that transcends time might even have to play a second time in the carpool. Make sure to tell your passengers to keep their dance moves under control so you can drive safely! 

#RideScare

The time to start a spooky playlist is now. Sharing music can be the most fun part of carpooling or ridesharing. Turn your rideshare into a ridescare this month. Keep building on the songs we listed above, and tweet your own favorite fall songs at us using the hashtag #RideScare 

by Isabelle Brown  | 


Commuting Green: Earth Day Special

It’s Earth Day, the annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection! As a nonprofit in the transportation industry, we want to get right down to business. The transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the US at 29%. So, how can we do our part in protecting our planet through our daily commute?

Carpooling, of Course!

Joining a carpool is a simple way to decrease the number of cars on the road. Ridesharing does a lot of good for individuals—Saving people money and reducing traffic, stress, and congested parking lots. It does wonders for environment. Carpool programs around the US reduce carbon emissions from traffic filled streets, lighten the environmental burdens of noise pollution, and lessen the transit industry’s contributions to greenhouse gases. You can even use our commuter savings calculator to see how much money you could save by joining a carpool.

Work From Home

COVID-19 closing businesses has shown us a new way of work-life balance – telecommuting. People have found working from a home office has allowed a new wave of productivity and comfort while on the clock. Working from home takes away the complications of the daily commute and the carbon emissions that naturally come along with it. If teleworking has snuck its way into your lifestyle and it works for you, adapt your work week to your newfound routine as businesses begin to reopen. Work three days in the office and two days at home, or whatever fits your needs. Even cutting down one or two days a week commuting can make a big difference in your carbon footprint!

Practice Self-Awareness

Becoming aware of your own daily usage of energy is a good place to start in creating a greener lifestyle. A first step could be calculating your own carbon footprint, taking note of your impact when it comes to your home, car, and daily transit choices. Understanding and acknowledging your own footprint is a great way to begin to make small changes to live a greener life, beginning with thoughts like: “Maybe I take public transit more. Should I invest in a bike instead of a second vehicle? How much am I spending on parking and gas per month?”

Happy Earth Day!

We’d love to hear how you take our beautiful planet Earth into consideration on your daily commute. Tweet at us and celebrate Earth Day with us on our social medias. Let’s commute green together!

by Isabelle Brown  | 


Spring Cleaning: Car Edition

What’s the first chore you tackle when spring cleaning? Is it your closet, your kitchen, your garage? Don’t forget about another space that can be easy to leave out of the mix: your car!

Interior Cleaning

If you’re a member of a carpool, you want to make sure your vehicle is a clean space for your coworkers. Especially as we continue to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19, keeping your car disinfected and tidy is an important step to take.

Spring cleaning in your vehicle can start with an in-depth interior wash: Vacuum the floors and seats, dusting your radio and consoles, detail cleaning the small spaces like cupholders, and disinfecting door handles and buttons.

Get Your Windows Squeaky Clean

Winter can take a toll on your windows and mirrors. Sand and salt can be a pain for those who deal with snow where they live. Spray and wipe your windshield, windows, and side-view mirrors with a microfiber cloth. This is also a good time to replace your wipers to make sure they are ready for the April showers to come!

Two Words: Car Wash!

Whether you do it yourself or make your way to the car wash, cleaning your car’s exterior is one of the most important steps to keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition. Washing the car can be a fun activity on a warm day, or a quick errand if you would rather get it professionally done. Be thorough; don’t forget to wash your tires or headlights, and even finish with a wax if you’re up to it.

Let's Get To It!

Spring cleaning is a time to get parts of our daily life back in order after the winter months. Our vehicles play a major role in our day-to-day functions, and a messy car can leave you frazzled. Keeping your car clean is great for any commuter, especially members of a carpool. Who doesn’t love clean car compliments when you pick up a coworker?

by Isabelle Brown  | 


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