I spend a lot of time worrying about the impact we are making on the environment. I try to get my family to be as eco-friendly as possible we recycle, I use cloth diapers, I use natural cleaning products and use LED (spiral) bulbs wherever possible. The one thing I didn’t really think about is the effect something as simply as mowing my lawn can have on the environment.
For every hour a Canadian runs a two-stroke gas-powered lawn mower, the pollution emitted is equivalent to driving a car more than 320 kilometers – almost the distance from (Toronto to Ottawa). In fact, each year gas-powered lawn equipment releases approximately 80,000 tonnes of emissions in Canada, using 151 million litres of gasoline.
This is staggering to me, I never really considered it could have that kind of effect on the environment. A lot of people don’t want to replace their old gas lawn mowers because of the cost involved in getting a new one which is very understandable with the economy the way it is. Well thanks to the Mow Down Pollution program – a partnership program between The Home Depot Canada and Summerhill Impact it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. They are helping to reduc greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions by encouraging and rewarding Canadians who permanently retire their older, higher-polluting gas-powered lawn and garden equipment. Last year more than 9,000 inefficient units were collected and recycled through the annual program, preventing the release of 335 tonnes of greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions.
Push lawnmowers are the way of the future if you want to help the environment so I highly encourage you to participate in this program. From April 19 – May 2, Canadians can bring their old gas-powered lawn and garden equipment to any The Home Depot store to be retired safely. Those who do will receive a coupon for an instant rebate of up to $100 that can be used on a selection of more efficient alternatives.
For more information about the program please visit www.mowdownpollution.ca