You’ve changed out your old energy-hog incandescents with new, energy-sipping LEDs. You’ve installed a programmable thermostat and been very prudent with the heat and cooling settings. You have even avoided buying gas-guzzling cars. But what about your lawnmower?
Did you know that push mowers have petite carbon footprints? These classics are CO2-free after it strolls out onto your lush green pure organic lawn for the first time. Push reel lawn mowers emit ZERO CO2. The only energy involved with these nifty little machines is the embodied energy that went into its manufacturing and shipping.
Gas powered lawnmowers have become the homeowner’s bane of our environment. These inefficient machines spew large quantities of noxious gasses and unburnt fuel into our environment and into our lungs. It is really mindboggling that these harmful beasts have not been the focus on environmentalists. In terms of the bane of our environment, the estimated 40 million gas mowers across the U.S. rank right up there alongside Hummers and leaf blowers.
In terms of your carbon footprint, running a gas-powered mower dramatically inflates your carbon footprint every minute you use it. As recently reported by ABC News, “Spending an hour behind a roaring lawnmower can spew nearly the same amount of oil pollution into the air as a 100-mile car trip, according to a Swedish study.”
The CO2 Impact – To estimate the CO2 emitted every time you pull the starter cord, let’s assume this 100-mile trip consumes 4 gallons of gasoline which then produces enough CO2 to fill a room with dimension of 9ft x 9ft x9ft. So every time you cut your lawn you’re launching a roomful of CO2 into the atmosphere that floats around up there for years.
When determining which push reel mower will best meet your needs, it is really a factor on the size of your lawn and the place you want to store it. One unsung advantage of these handy helpers is that push mowers be stored inside your living space because there are no fuels or oils to consider. Simply maybe remnants of Mother Nature’s cut grass.
Consider these push mower models – all classics that will serve you and the enviroment for decades to come.
Great States 204-14 Hand Reel 14 Inch Push Lawn Mower – from Earthwise
Scotts 2000, 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower – from Scotts
GreenWorks 25052 16-Inch Reel Lawn Mower with Grass Catcher – from Greenwork