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Why you should learn how to care properly for your lawn

Posted by TheGreen on 06/24 at 04:34 PM
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Are you one of those that says “Hey, I only use my lawn tractor once a week, how bad can that be for the environment.” or perhaps you make yourself feel better by saying “The chemicals I use help keep bad weeds away which harm the environment” or maybe you tell your friends “I only water my lawn at night”.

If you care for your lawn in any way, you should learn the cost to the environment of lawn care. Borrowed without permission from the website (but giving them praise and a friendly link back), here are some interesting statistics from their site:

  • 30% of water used on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; 60% on the West Coast.
  • 18% of municipal solid waste is composed of yard waste.
  • The average suburban lawn received 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland.
  • Over 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually.
  • Per hour of operation, a gas lawn mower emits 10-12 times as much hydrocarbon as a typical auto. A weedeater emits 21 times more and a leaf blower 34 times more.
  • Where pesticides are used, 60 - 90% of earthworms are killed. Earthworms are important for soil health.

And now I must really get away from sitting inside on this grey St-Jean-Baptiste day and go out and think about making that electric lawnmower.

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Appropedia.org online - Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives

Posted by TheGreen on 06/24 at 03:17 PM
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Today while looking at ways to build an electric lawnmower, I stumbled across Appropedia.org:

Appropedia is the site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development. Appropedia helps us sustain our world.

They have quite a great collection of interesting projects and ideas that a handy person could fairly easily build at home. My first project is still the electric lawnmower. However to start, I would like to get more information more about using Lithium Ion batteries instead of the more common acid and lead batteries found in golf carts and cars etc. Heck, if the KillaCycle can run off of a similar type of battery, I figure my lawn mower could. Even the Tesla runs off of Lithium Ion batteries. From the Tesla Motors website:

“Unlike the lead-acid or nickel metal hydride batteries in most electric cars — which are heavy and difficult to dispose of — we use a proprietary Lithium ion battery pack. Nickel cadmium batteries were notorious for memory problems, and nickel metal hydride batteries reduced this problem. The lithium ion batteries we use in the Tesla Roadster eliminate the problem. So there is no need to worry about waiting until the battery pack is fully discharged before recharging it: feel free to charge your car whenever you have access to power.”

So, an electric lawnmower powered with Lithium Ion batteries will be my first official project. Whether I actually get to that project or not, is yet to be seen.

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Kudos to Quebec on being the second province to legalize the Low Speed Vehicle

Posted by TheGreen on 06/18 at 01:56 PM
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The Canadian-owned Zenn Motor Company confirmed Tuesday that as of July 17th they will be allowed on roads in Quebec. However, they also said that even if their zero emission will be allowed on some Quebec roads, the car is not currently available for sale on the Canadian market. The announcement from Quebec took the Quebec electric car manufacturer by surprise and they are scrambling to sort out how to handle the potential influx of orders. Currently all of the cars being manufactured are shipped south of the border where they have been for sale for months.

We spoke of this car and the Zenn Motor Companies website previously on our site.

Now this is a car I could sink my teeth into! Gotta get me one.

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