Melanie Haiken, a San Francisco Bay Area-based health, science, and travel writer who contributes regularly to Forbes.com and numerous national magazines, wrote a compelling article for TakePart about eco-Friendly garden tools. In her article, Haiken points out that your gas-powered lawn mower can actually pollute more than your car.
The ecology is one of the main reasons that I personally don’t have a lawn on my half-acre property, which is surrounded instead by native plants and edibles instead of turf grass. By not installing a lawn (along with dozens of other green choices that I made during the construction process), the NC Healthy Built Homes organization awarded my property with a Healthy Built Silver Certification in 2009.
Haiken lists the following five Eco-friendly gardening tools that you can feel good about using. Click on the product links I provided if you’d like to buy one of these tools on Amazon. Your Amazon purchase helps support this blog without costing you an extra penny:
Push Mowers: Let’s start with the basics; a push mower puts out zero pollution and gives you a good workout, too. And forget the arm-straining rust-encrusted rattletrap in your grandfather’s shed. Today’s modern models can weigh as little as 16 pounds and promise blades that can stay sharp for up to 10 years.
Electric Mowers: Probably the most popular alternative to gas-powered mowers, electric mowers come in all sizes and styles. The most popular and most affordable ones are plug-in corded models, which work like the outdoor version of a vacuum cleaner. While dragging a cord around behind you can be a hassle, corded mowers are considerably lighter, since they don’t have to carry a battery.
Electric Weed and Hedge Trimmers: If you’re visualizing an electric cord tangling around your ankles, you’re behind the times. Cordless electric hedge trimmers from companies like Earthwise and GreenWorks have batteries that recharge from a plug in your garage.
Battery-Powered Mowers and Tools: It took a team of high-tech developers to come up with the Recharge mowers, powered by a 36 Volt lithium-ion battery that regains its full charge in less than two hours. Other brands now making rechargeable cordless mowers include Neuton, Sun Joe, and old favorites like Black & Decker and Craftsman.
The Cordless Toolbox: From corded to battery-powered, electric versions of your favorite tools are hitting the market including electric chainsaws, electric tillers, and electric leaf blowers. But don’t even think about the leaf blower—they’re so noisy, there’s no way a it can be environmentally friendly.