Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Being Green When Dealing With Snow

As another massive storm approaches the Northeast, I was thinking of all the chemicals and toxins used to deal with snow and ice.  Rock salt, chemical deicers, and even snow blowers are terrible for the soil, water supply, and air.  Rock salt and chemical deicers kill vegetation, ruin the soil, and contaminate our water.  Snow blowers emit carbon emissions. 

So what is an eco-friendly way to get rid of snow and ice?  A trusty shovel and an able body.  Or you can try a new Wovel.  It claims to be an easier and more effective way to shovel and I have to say that I would love to try one of these!  They actually look fun!  If you are more of a gadget person, try looking into an electric snow blower.  No emissions and if you have solar or wind energy they have very little impact!


Jen M said...
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Elizabeth said...

We use our muscles to shovel snow and rarely use ice melt. And this is coming from someone who had to deal with 80" of snow last year.