The issue: According to Environmental Protection Agency data, a single gas lawn mower pollutes in one hour as much as a 1992 Ford Explorer driven 23,600 miles. Each summer weekend, more than 50 million Americans mow their lawns, using some 800 million gallons of gas per year and spilling another 17 million gallons. Conventional, chemical lawn treatments contribute to local pollution.
The resolution: Clean Air’s electric lawn equipment emits 3,330 times fewer hydrocarbons, 5,000 times less carbon monoxide and one-fifth as much nitrogen oxide as a gas mower. (That’s when charged on-grid. When solar-charged, all numbers are zeroed.) In 2009, the company says, it removed 75,283 pounds of air pollution nationwide while using only organic lawn care methods.