Saturday, April 08, 2006

Lawn Care Impacts

Interesting article over at Greener Magazine titled: Lawns lawns everywhere, & nary a drop

I was very surprized by some of the statistics on the impact of our lawn care industry on teh environment. A few points from the article:
About 75,000 Americas are injured each year while cutting grass making it the second most hazardous job behind shipbuilding.
Americans spill enough oil and gasoline just filling the tanks of their lawn mowers and other power lawn equipment each year to equal the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989.
Running a gasoline-powered lawn mower for one hour creates the same hydrocarbon pollution as driving a car 93 miles.

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1 comment:

Lakshmi said...

It is rather surprising to see people spending lot of effort in India to grow lawns. Inspite of acute water shortage they waste a lot of water and spray a lot of pesticides. I wonder if the tropical climate really suits the growth of mexican grass and I think there are lots of flowering plants which grow well in tropical climate and they consume very little water.