It May Surprise You To Know a Common Lawn Tool Is Dirtier Than a High-Performance Pick-Up

It’s no secret what high-performance pick-up trucks can do to the environment in terms of emissions, but did you know that there’s something you likely use all the time in the yard that’s even dirtier? A consumer-grade leaf blower emits more pollutants than a 6,200-pound Ford F-150, kicking out almost seven times more oxides of nitrogen and 13 times more carbon dioxide. Not only do leaf blowers contribute to air pollution, they also contribute to noise pollution. The average leaf blower operates at levels up to 110 decibels, which far exceeds the safe levels established by OSHA. So, what can you do? First, use rakes and brooms. If that’s not feasible, you can still mulch mow. You can also use electric lawn equipment, which are easier on the environment and the ears. Finally, you can opt for a leaf sweeper, a long-forgotten but useful tool. Human powered, they cost nothing to operate, they’re quiet, and they don’t pollute.