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Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly habits’

Finally, a green lawn service we can get behind

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Our friend Tim Bannister has started a new eco-friendly lawn care business. Utilizing equipment that does not produce harmful emissions common to standard lawn care services, the new company will serve both commercial and residential customers.

Tim was blown away when he found out that a push mower emits as much hourly pollution as 11 cars, and even worse, riding mowers can emit as much 34 cars. In his research he also discovered that Americans spill over 17 million gallons of gas each year refueling lawn and garden equipment – more fuel than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

To counter this impact, EcoZoo Lawn uses battery powered equipment that is recharged with solar and wind power. Transportation to jobs sites is fueled with Biodiesel. The batteries used are over 95% recyclable, and the company employs best practices with regards to sustainability on the job and in the office. Another benefit is a reduction in noise pollution, as the equipment runs over 50% quieter than typical lawn care equipment. Costs of services are kept competitive as the equipment requires no petroleum and virtually no maintenance. EcoZoo Lawn provides a free monthly eco-savings report documenting customers lessening environmental impact.

Those of you who know Tim know that he is a huge proponent of green printing. Naturally, all of his promotional materials are being produced using soy inks and 100% post-consumer recycled papers, processed without the use of chlorine. Your green printer is proud to help, and support Tim in his new sustainable business venture.

For more information about EcoZoo Lawn’s zero impact lawn and grounds maintenance or to request a free evaluation and proposal, call Tim Bannister at (919) 218-2657, send an email to or visit our website at

Energy Vampires

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Ordering green printing is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment while improving your eco-friendly marketing image. But there are many things you can do, both as a company and as an individual or family, to shrink your carbon footprint. We will use this forum to pass along tips from time to time on ways to make your daily life a little “greener.”

One area that many people are unaware of is what we call “energy vampires.” These are little electronic devices that draw small amounts of electricity even when they are turned “off.” Examples include Televisions, VCR’s, microwaves, stereos, computers and computer monitors. While you may (understandably) like the convenience of having a clock on your microwave, all of these little energy-suckers add up to make a noticeable impact on your electric bill, and work to increase your carbon footprint. To make it more convenient to turn these items all the way off, install a power strip and use the off switch on it to turn off multiple appliances at once.

At the office, the often rather large number of computer monitors make them an easy target for lowering your energy consumption. Powering down your computer at night rather than letting it go to sleep will not only reduce the electric bill, but will lengthen the life of the equipment as well. However, even when the computer is turned off, the monitor just goes to sleep. While sleeping, monitors continue to use electricity. Simply turning them off when not in use can save a significant amount of power. Turning off other small appliances, such as adding machines, can help too. All the little things add up!

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