The Toro® Z Master® zero turn mower is a so called eco-friendly riding lawnmower. These are some of the marketing tactics they use to sell their lawnmower.
“Eco-friendly mowers can be powerful too! Inside the engine of a Toro® Z Master® zero turn mower is a Kohler closed loop electronic fuel injection or EFI that adapts to save fuel. By sensing mowing conditions and regulating fuel to the lawn mower as needed, the fuel-efficient EFI system provides up to 25% better fuel economy. Every yard work project can be different and the Toro® Z Master® with EFI engines calculate the optimal amount gas needed and delivers fuel to the engine when you need it. Environmentally friendly mowers have lower emissions and can save you money by reducing unnecessary fuel consumption. Other features on Toro® Master Series Zero Turn Mowers include an easy start lawn mower technology that turns on like a car, with no choke and low hassle.”
The marketing tactics are green washing the bad aspects about the lawnmower. A typical lawnmower has a single piece carburetor rather than this fancy multi-component EFI (electronic fuel injection) system. They claim the system is saving fuel and cutting down on emissions, however the amount of pollution created to make the fuel efficient system requires more parts and more labor than does a regular carburetor. The marketing has made it seem as though this system is better by glossy over the fact that the cost to produce this system is higher in not only “carbon dollars” but also in the physical pollution. This Lawnmower suggests that it is eco-friendly because it uses less fuel by using a system that is more costly to produce. The company that makes the lawnmower is ignoring the issue that the fuel used is the main reason why their lawnmower is not eco-friendly. Here is more information between a carburetor and EFI. http://www.gmtuners.com/history/vs.htm
In order to solve this problem, there will need to be a complete reform of how we cut our grass. The issue with modern day lawnmowers is that there is need of a secondary input of fuel and a tertiary input of maintaining the machine. There once was a lawnmower that require no fuels and only needed to be sharpened occasionally: the originally push mower. This mower operated under the power of a human-being. The mowers only cost is the original production. The issue with this solution is that there would need to be a large amount of people to cut grass. There just so happens to be 2.2 million people who sit around in prisons doing nothing all day. Instead of wasting money locking them up, we could use them to do physical labor cutting grass and even other jobs to reduce the amount of fuel used were physical labor could replace fuels. The issue with our pollution is due to the mass growth in population and the shift from physical labor to fuel driven devices. Grab an old push mower and get mow(v)ing!
Daniel S Heath