• Wow! No Cow.

    Are you trying to “green” your grocery list?  First, cross off beef ‘cause it has one of the highest environmental footprints. Then the next item to go might be dairy. Many farms grow soy, oats and other grains for livestock feed and in the process emit greenhouse gases and use vast amounts of water and land. Instead, […]

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  • Plastic Surgery

    Plastics in the ocean, Plastics on the beach, Plastics in our bodies. No! An end we do beseech! Single-use, throw-away plastics are everywhere in our lives. The downsides are numerous enough to write a book as thick as Moby Dick. Plastics are made from petroleum. Plastics put harmful chemicals including endocrine disruptors in our bodies. […]

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  • An Easter Primer on Dyes

    Did you know the first synthetic dye, “Mauvine”, was produced in 1856?  This invention opened the door to a flood of cheap synthetic dyes that are easy to make, colorfast, and come in an unlimited variety of colors. Unfortunately these synthetic dyes sometimes contain mercury, lead, chromium, and a host of other toxic substances and […]

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  • Staying Green in a Brown Desert – Tip #3

    Editor’s Note: Evan Gorelick (Finley’s cousin) and his fiancé Katie O’Connell moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2017. Staying green in the brown desert — known for its lack of natural water — hasn’t been easy. But they’ve found ways to make it work. How far does your food have to travel to get from a […]

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  • Kitchen Counter Composting

    One of the simplest and quickest ways to reduce your greenhouse gas footprint is to compost your food scraps. According to the EPA, our scraps make up about 20-30% of what goes into U.S. landfills, where banana peels, wilted lettuce, and bread ends turn into mega methane generators. The EPA website even offers an easy […]

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  • Zap the Gap

    Finley’s little cousin, Henry is ready to zap the gap and stop those chilly drafts. Are you a Draft Zapper, too? The number one cause of energy waste in most homes is air leakage. Filling in the cracks around doors and windows is easy to do with a combo of weather stripping, foam insulation, door […]

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  • Staying Green in a Brown Desert – Tip #2

    Cutting Emissions with Light Rail Editor’s Note: Evan Gorelick (Finley’s cousin) and his fiancé Katie O’Connell moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2017. Staying green in the brown desert — known for its lack of natural water — hasn’t been easy. But they’ve found ways to make it work. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Katie […]

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  • Go Ride a Bike

    Automobiles are a major cause of air pollution and contribute to climate change. Hybrid and electric vehicles, while better, still have a significant carbon footprint (unless you use your own solar to power your EV – now that’s green!). If you care about the climate, try walking or bicycling as an alternative way to get […]

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  • The Last Straw

    Americans use an average of 1.6 straws per day. In the U.S. alone, that adds up to 500 million plastic straws that are thrown out each day. That’s a lot of plastic, much of which ends up as litter on our streets and in our waters. And plastic straws are made from oil. It seems […]

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  • Single Use Plastics

    I was recently challenged to look up the environmental impact of a plastic grocery bag versus reusable bags and what I learned has got me adding two more ‘R’s to the familiar Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Though not all reusable grocery bags are created equal—some are made from PVC, or use harsh dyes, or are shipped […]

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