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How to Find an
Environmentally Friendly Lawnmower

Saving the planet is a tall order for anybody, but if you truly want to do your part then choosing an environmentally friendly lawnmower is one small way you can do it. 20 years ago there wasn’t much concern about what a lawn mower might be doing to the environment, but these days more and more people are turning away from gas-guzzling mowers and opting for something that’s a little bit friendlier for the environment.

If you do decide to purchase an environmentally friendly mower there are actually three options. The most obvious is a corded electric mower, but that’s not your only choice. You may also want to consider a battery-powered mower, or a simple old-fashioned push mower with no mechanical parts. They all have their merits and we take a closer look at them here.


If you really are concerned about the environment then you probably won’t even consider purchasing a gas-powered lawnmower, but if you do you’ll want to make sure you look for one that gives off minimal emissions. While gas-powered mowers will never be as environmentally friendly as an electric or battery-powered mower, they have come a long way in the past couple of decades. They still give off emissions because they have an internal combustion engine, but they’re far more efficient as manufacturers strive to minimize the impact they have on the environment.

The Corded Electric Option

The most popular option when it comes to environmentally friendly lawnmowers is the corded electric mower. These mowers aren’t new – in fact people have been cutting their lawn with them for decades now. The only difference is that 20 years ago when people were cutting their lawn with a corded electric mower they were doing it because they were more economical than gas mowers; not because the owners were worried about the environment. Most people in those days would switch to a gas-powered mower in a heartbeat if they could afford it.

Fast forward 20 years and the environment has become a primary concern for many people. Today when people choose a corded electric mower they do so partially because of economics, but primarily because they want to protect the environment. The main advantage that a corded electric mower has over a battery-powered option is that you don’t have to worry about it running out of charge while you’re in the middle of cutting your lawn. However, you will have to put up with an electric cord dragging behind you and you’ll have to be careful not to run over it. Because of their affordability and their use of a reliable power source they’re probably the most popular option when it comes to environmentally-friendly lawnmowers these days.

Free Yourself from Cords

If you do want to protect the environment, but you’re just not interested in dragging around a lawnmower attached to an umbilical cord of sorts, a battery-powered mower is another option. These are just as environmentally friendly as corded electric mowers and they allow you to cut out the cord. Some of them can actually be quite powerful, as the technology has come a long way in the last few years.

If you do decide that a battery-powered mower is your best choice you may want to look for one that allows you to easily switch out the batteries, so that you can have a backup battery ready to go if your main one runs out of juice halfway through cutting your lawn. That way it will only take you a couple of seconds to get going again rather than the 45 minutes to an hour it would take if you have to wait for the battery to charge. The bottom line is battery-powered mowers have their limitations and are probably not the best option for larger lawns.

A Mower That Would Make Your Great-Grandfather Proud

For those that aren’t afraid of a little work there is one other environmentally friendly option that doesn’t require any cords or any outside power source. What I’m referring to here are non-mechanical push mowers that have been around for over 100 years. We had one of these in our house while I was growing up, as a backup to our gas powered mower which could be quite temperamental.

These mowers generally have three blades that look like a sort of turbine that spins as you push them, cutting through the grass. All of the power is provided by you as you push the mower forward and they have absolutely zero emissions. They’re easy to use and they have no mechanical parts so they require very little maintenance, but they can also be quite difficult to push and you will get quite a workout with them. If you have noticeable physical limitations this option may not be appropriate for you.

A Tough Decision

Whichever type of environmentally friendly option you choose it’s nice to know you’re doing your part to save the planet. It may not seem like a big thing, but if everyone makes environmentally friendly choices when it comes to purchasing products it can have a large effect. I’ve no doubt that within the next couple of decades gas-powered mowers will be a thing of the past.