Mow down air pollution

CAF’s Megan Bennett and Environment Minister Barry Penner 3, originally uploaded by DBarefoot.

Tip from Darren Barefoot [db]:

If you’re looking for a few ways to be a little extra environmentally friendly this year one place to start is by taking a look at what’s in your garage. No not your car, that’s obvious, but your lawn mower. That’s right, if your lawn mower is an old gas powered model it can be doing a fair bit of polluting every time you trim your grass.

If you think it might be time to be getting a new mower, then this is a good time to trade it in since The Clean Air Foundation [caf] is running a trade-in program called Mow Down which is offering a $100 instant rebate if you bring in your old gas powered pollution machine to Home Depot and buy a “new push-reel, electric, rechargeable or low-emission alternative mower or trimmer.”

The program was launched with a photo-op staring Barry Penner, Provincial Minister for the
Environment on April 17th and is going on until the 27th.

2 Comments so far

  1. dbarefoot on April 21st, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the write-up!

  2. stephenrees on April 21st, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    This is a great deal better than the trade in I made a few years ago at Home Depot courtesy of BC Hydro.

    The thing about the gas mower that I had was that I would get short of breath – and I am pretty sure that was due to inhaling all that stuff coming out of the internal combustion engine. A gas mower produces more pollution in an hour than your car does in a week – and if you are pushing it, guess who gets most of it.

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