Most of the green products covered in Kiplinger's Shopping Guide to Eco-Friendly Products have been discussed here in the past -- the Kenmore HE5t washer, dual-flush toilets, and green cleaning products.
However, there's one thing in Kiplinger's guide that we haven't really touched on here: gasoline powered lawn mowers.
According to Kiplinger: The EPA estimates that a gasoline-powered mower can produce as much pollution in an hour as 11 cars and that a riding mower can spew as much pollution as 34 cars.
That. Is. Scary.
As an alternative to gas-powered mowers, Kiplinger gives a lukewarm recommendation for electric mowers -- noting that they're not practical for larger yards -- and then goes on to highlight the John Deere X304 ($3,500) for gas-powered riding mowers, and the Honda HRX217HXA ($800) for self-propelled mowers, as your greenest bets.
We're more than a little confused. Unless you're mowing a golf course, we can't really understand the John Deere recommendation ... and what about push mowers? Kiplinger doesn't even mention them as an option.
As nice as the gas-powered Honda mower is, it'll never be as green as the push reel mower our grandparents always used. Push mowers require zero electricity and zero gasoline (although they do require a little sweat).
Check out all the push mowers at Clean Air Gardening.
How do you mow your lawn (if you have one)?