• Not All Fuels Are Created Equal

    We can’t all choose the perfect car, but no matter what we drive, we can improve our emissions with the fuel we choose to put in the tank.  Each gallon of unleaded gas creates about 20 pounds of C02. Gas blended with just 10% ethanol (a bio fuel made from renewable or recycled sources) can […]

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  • Whole Lotta Printin’ Going On

    Everywhere we look there is printed material. The average 9-to-5er generates almost 10,000 sheets of paper a year, according to the EPA. That’s a lotta trees and a lotta ink! Thankfully there is a whole lot we can do to limit the impact of our printing. First, let’s start with a round of reducing: Do […]

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  • Welcome to our Plastic Film Recycling System

    Learning to recycle plastic film has been a game changer for us yet with the exception of plastic grocery bags, plastic film products are rarely recycled even by the most environmentally friendly.  You’d be amazed at just how easy it is to do and just how much plastic film goes into your trash, and thereby […]

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  • The Flight of the Hummingbird

    In addition to planting 18 trees for Finley’s 18 years, the Green Belt Movement sent us home with 18 hummingbirds—all made by a local artist by reusing discarded cans and glass.  The parable of the hummingbird that inspired this gift had its beginnings in an ancient Quechan fable from Ecuador, but is told here by […]

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  • Virtual High-Five

    “You just gave up bottled water? Awesome job, buddy!” Wouldn’t it be great if every time we made a sustainable choice we got a pat on the back? At Finley’s Green Leap Forward we hope that by seeing hundreds of other folks taking positive “green” steps, we will all be motivated to try a little […]

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  • Overcoming Your Composting Challenge

    Composting is easy out here in the countryside, but people are getting together to make composting possible in all kinds of environments. So, if you live in city, or in an apartment in the suburbs, here’s a little inspiration from Finley’s cousin Evan and his fiancé Katie—as well as a few links that might help you […]

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  • Card-Carrying Member

    Every year the US publishing industry uses about 32 million trees for raw materials and then the production stage emits over 40 million metric tons of C02. At this high environmental toll, do we really need to buy books or magazines and then let them collect dust in our homes? Our first step can be a […]

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  • “Russia Is Not A Dump” 

    On our recent trip to Nairobi, Kenya planting trees for Finley you couldn’t help but notice there was trash everywhere—lining the fields and eaten by wandering goats and cows, clogging the city’s run-off, collecting downstream. It was as if this developing county just didn’t know what to do with all the packaging that came with […]

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  • The 5th R – REFUSE

    When she was a small child, our daughter Callie somehow got the idea of asking for ‘stuff’ for free—and it worked amazingly well for her.  At the grocery store, ‘Do you have anything for free’ and sure enough the clerk would find SOMETHING to give her…a sticker, a rubber band, a pencil.  This trick served […]

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  • Plant a Tree This Weekend

    We’re expecting a beautiful weekend here in Virginia. As the weather warms up—here is a little motivation for going out and planting another tree. Never has the crisis of climate change been made more real to me than on our recent visit to the Masai village and schools in southern Kenya. The whole area lies […]

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