Re-Refined Motor Oil Changes Gaining Popularity as Consumers Seek to Preserve Natural Resources, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

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To mark Earth Day, Oil Can Henry’s is offering $10 savings on its Famous 20-Point Full-Service Oil Change using ECO ULTRA®, a premium re-refined motor oil containing one of the highest percentages of recycled oil.

The numbers are staggering: each year, the United States imports more than 179 billion gallons of petroleum and produces approximately 1.3 billion gallons of used oil . Only ten percent of that used oil is collected and re-refined for future use; the overwhelming majority of used oil is improperly disposed of or burned as an industrial fuel.

Re-refined motor oil – produced from used oil that is collected, re-refined to remove impurities and then improved with additives – is an increasingly popular option for consumers seeking an oil that’s better for the environment and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. For example, using re-refined motor oil for just one four-quart motor oil change reduces the nation’s need to import oil by two barrels .

Oil Can Henry’s, a regional oil change and vehicle maintenance company with 88 service centers in six Western states, has recycled the used oil from its customers’ services for more than 30 years and, over the course of the past 15 years, has expanded its recycling program to include used oil filters, coolant, wiper blades, and other items. Now the company is educating drivers about re-refined motor oil, addressing misconceptions and explaining how it helps preserve natural resources and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

To celebrate Earth Day 2012, Oil Can Henry’s is offering a $10 coupon valid on its Famous 20-Point Full-Service Oil Change using ECO ULTRA, a premium, high performance re-refined motor oil that contains seventy percent recycled oil. Drivers can download the coupon, which is valid April 20-30, from the Oil Can Henry’s website (

“ECO ULTRA enables us to provide our customers with oil change options that match their lifestyle choices,” said Chris Allen, owner/operator of Oil Can Henry’s oil change centers in San Francisco, Soquel, Salinas, and Watsonville. “This high-quality synthetic blend oil is made right here in the U.S., creating jobs and decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. It’s a natural choice for drivers seeking to reduce their impact on the environment.”

Misconceptions have impeded widespread acceptance of re-refined oil, but that’s changing as consumers come to understand that the additives in oil wear out but the base oil itself never wears out and can be re-used over and over.

Distinguishing itself as the only “closed-loop” manufacturer of recycled oil in the U.S., Universal Lubricants (the producer of ECO ULTRA) collects used oil, then re-refines, blends, packages and redistributes its own oil — never losing guardianship within the chain. This cycle is infinitely repeatable and as such, is the most sustainable car care practice in existence.

Motor oils made with virgin and re-refined base oils are subject to the same performance standards by the American Petroleum Institute. Lab and field tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demonstrate that the quality of re-refined and virgin motor oils are equivalent.

FACTS and FIGURES (as provided by Universal Lubricants):

  •     The entire process of re-refining motor oil uses up to 89% less energy than refining oil from virgin crude, a significant reduction in the overall impact to our environment.
  •     Re-refining oil produces up to 65% less environment-impacting emissions than refining crude.
  •     One barrel of used motor oil creates the same amount of motor oil as 50 barrels of crude.
  •     When using ECO ULTRA for an average four quart motor oil change, the national need to import oil is reduced by two barrels, every time.
  •     Discarded oil from a single oil change can contaminate up to one million gallons of water, that’s the amount of water needed by 50 people for an entire year.
  •     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 200 million gallons of used motor oil is dumped illegally each year.
  •     ECO ULTRA contains one of the highest percentages of recycled oil.

Oil Can Henry's provides convenient oil changes and other vehicle maintenance services, earning customers' trust by allowing them to relax in their vehicles and watch as trained technicians perform the services they request. Formed in 1978, the company services more than one million vehicles a year at its 88 centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Learn more at
11.7 million barrels of petroleum per day x 42 gallons per barrel = 491,400,000 gallons per day x 365 days = 179,361,000,000 gallons per year

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