I’ve gotten some flack from a particular friend (you know who you are) about the use of some outdoor power equipment and it not being Eco-friendly. While I should have been insulted that this friend (let’s call her “Ellen”) would suggest that I wasn’t concerned with the environment, I’ll let her ignorance (of what she thinks my beliefs and ideals are) go by the wayside and use this blogpost to satisfy her concerns. Incidentally, this is the same person who is angry with Starbucks for becoming “too” commercialized yet owns stock in it. Wonder if she feels the same way when she looks at the share price from time to time…..hmmmm….
All of my Stihl outdoor power equipment is energy efficient which means Stihl is taking every effort to reduce the amount of energy required to run its products. As quoted by Fred Whyte, President of Stihl Incorporated, “As a leader in the outdoor power equipment industry, it is our duty to set the example. We will continue to invest in innovative technologies, programs and partnerships as part of our ongoing commitment to socially responsible environmental stewardship.”
The company is very environmentally conscious not only with its zero to low exhaust emission products but also with its award winning “living roof” on its plant in Virginia, the largest privately funded green roof in Virginia. The roof is approximately 60,000 square feet and has more than 56,000 sedum plants on it which helps keep the building cool in the warmer months and retain heat in the cooler months – lowering energy usage!
So when I’m using my own Stihl equipment I can safety say that each is energy efficient. This goes for my BR-600 leaf blower (which is 69% cleaner than current EPA requirements) and my KombiSystem which includes the trimmer and pole pruner attachments. So I ask you Ellen, are you satisfied? Are you socially aware of how Stihl is concerned about our environment now? If you or anyone else is interested, check out its brochure called “A Greener Shade of Orange”. You’ll find that this company is taking many steps and doing its part to help our world be a better place.
Ellen, I think you just got schooled.