At Greenworks, we’re all about clean air and green energy – it’s even in our name! This year we’re celebrating Earth Day with a road-trip-themed reminder that our goal of zero emissions means no harmful air breathed – for all of us.
Pop quiz: what gives off more carbon emissions, one hour of using a commercial-grade gas-powered blower or driving 1,000 miles in a car?
Shockingly, it’s a tie. According to the California Air Resources Board, one hour of blowing leaves with a noisy gas-powered leaf blower produces the same emissions as driving 1,000 miles.
Let’s break this down. If you’ve been on a road trip lately – especially with kids – you’ll be slightly stressed to learn that 1,000 miles is approximately 16 hours in the car. Yes, the same car. With the same people. For all 16 hours.
Carbon Emissions by the Mile
So, how far could you drive in 1,000 miles?
You could leave from Chicago, IL and drive straight to Jacksonville, FL – literally from the top to the bottom of the country. You could also head from New York, NY, to St. Louis, MO – or maybe you’d rather hit the open road out west between San Francisco, CA, to Denver, CO.
No matter which route you take, it’s a long trip – with plenty of carbon emissions, not to mention sky-high fuel costs at the pump. And while we all know that driving impacts the environment, it's eye-opening to realize the high level of emissions from a small, inefficient lawn engine.
The solution? Switch to a Greenworks battery-powered leaf blower. Our blowers produce zero emissions – plus you’ll be powered up with a battery that works in more than 100 other tools on the Greenworks platform. If you’re in the mood to level up all of your outdoor equipment to a powerful, sustainable solution, check out our Greenworks lawn mowers. That’s a gift to the Earth – and all of us breathing in the same air.
For more than 20 years, the Greenworks team has created sustainable lawn care and power tool solutions – giving you all the power without any carbon emissions. Our commitment to zero emissions means cleaner air for all of us, our children and our grandchildren. Visit greenworkstools.com to learn more about our sustainability mission and commitment to zero emissions.