News: EPA Sets New Regulations for Lawn Equipment

News: EPA Sets New Regulations for Lawn Equipment

Amber Byfield
Sep 16, 2008

9-16-08_lawn.jpgIn a couple of years, those gas-guzzling lawn mowers will be a thing of the past, and the new breed will be 35% more environmentally friendly.

That's because earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that soon, they'll be implementing a new set of regulations for lawn and garden equipment. Jump below to get the details.

When we read this short blurb in the Dallas Morning News, we were ecstatic. We've often wondered how come something that's supposed to keep our green areas beautiful is, well, so bad for our green areas!

The new regs will call for a 35% reduction in emissions beginning in 2011. That's huge. Maybe soon they'll outlaw those horrible noise- and air-polluting leaf blowers.

In the mean time, while we wait for these new regs to take effect and provide the average household with more eco-friendly lawn care equipment, we'll keep encouraging our home-owning friends to convert their gas-powered mower to solar, invest in a push-reel mower, or, in a perfect world, just abandon a lawn all together.

We're guessing many of you reading this have already converted to a more Earth-loving way to mow the lawn, so please let us know how! It doesn't take EPA regs to change the way we garden, that's for sure.

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