Blogging Kiplinger: A Shopping Guide to Eco-Friendly Products?

Blogging Kiplinger: A Shopping Guide to Eco-Friendly Products?

Stephanie Kinnear
Oct 12, 2007

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)?

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