Green Hell Revisited.
A couple of days after posting “Green Hell” I got a newsletter in the mail called “Zero Waste” from the Regional District of Nanaimo. To my pleasant surprise, the entire newsletter is devoted to eliminating lawns and creating what they call “zero waste landscaping”. They include statistics. It turns out that Canadians spend $1.4 BILLION on lawns, which is double what they spent in the year 2000. (So the madness is spreading...) 50 MILLION KILOS of pesticides are used every year on these same lawns and mowing an average size lawn with a gas mower creates as much pollution as driving a car 200 miles. They list native spreading plants to use in place of grass and web sites about the subject. Their web site is www.rdn.bc.ca