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April 5, 2010

Mowing business goes green with hand power

Clean Cuts uses non-motorized reel mowers to serve customers

TRAVERSE CITY -- Bill Schramm doesn't consider himself a hard-core environmentalist, but figures if there is an environmentally friendly option to everyday chores -- why not?

Schramm, owner of Clean Cuts, started an eco-friendly lawn care business last summer using a hand-powered reel lawn mower to service his clients.

"I can provide a service that people need without creating the pollution that a typical gas lawn mower gives off," said Schramm, who caters to in-town homeowners and businesses with small yards.

Traverse City homeowner Kelvin Shaw contracted with Schramm last fall for yard cleanup and is looking forward to using his lawn mowing service this year.

"Using Clean Cuts is an environmentally green solution and a really great idea," Shaw said.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, small engines, including lawn mowers, emit high levels of carbon monoxide as well as hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, pollutants that contribute to the formation of ozone. EPA figures show that 40 million lawn mowers cause five percent of the nation's air pollution.

"Clean Cuts wants to help Traverse City do its part to reduce pollution," said Schramm, noting that his service also reduces noise pollution.

"I have a few doctor's offices as clients because they like the fact that I can be outside mowing without being heard," Schramm said.

In addition to using hand-powered push mowers, Schramm says he composts all of the grass clippings he collects.

"My service is 100 percent natural," he said.

For more information, call 715-1501.

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