• Rainwater – Problem or Opportunity?

    Problem or opportunity? When it comes to water, solving “problems” can create opportunities.  Take rainwater, for instance.  Deluges erode soil and nutrients into areas waterways, flood roads and basements, and undermine critical infrastructure. Problem, right? But rainfall is also an opportunity. Capturing it for later use not only reduces the “problem” aspects of rain, but […]

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  • Reefs at Risk

    In 2005, the National Park Service called in a group of experts to investigate the dying coral of Trunk Bay on the Virgin Island of St. John, a place Finley knew well.   The scientists identified the recent warmer waters as having played a part but why was Trunk Bay fairing worse than other locales? The […]

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  • Hemp for a Healthy Planet

    A simple way to do great by the planet is to purchase products made from hemp. That’s right, hemp. And no, I’m not talking about the plant that conjures aromas of patchouli and slow talking hippies. I’m talking about its fibrous cousin, a plant that is hands-down the most sustainable and utilitarian crop on the […]

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  • Greening your wedding registry

    Today’s post is from Finley’s dear family friend, Ryan Dunn, with some great insights as to greening your wedding registry!   I have a recurring dream, really more of a nightmare. I’m being chased down the aisle at my wedding by a cresting wave of cardboard boxes, tissue paper and packing peanuts. I’m torn; I […]

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  • Plastic Film Recycling—It’s in the bag!

    Did you know that plastic bags are typically made from the same plastic as recyclable milk jugs, water bottles and shampoo and detergent bottles but in “film” form? The trouble is these lightweight films jam the equipment used to recycle other high density (#2) and low density (#4) polyethelene plastics so they must be collected […]

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  • Up-cycled Decor

    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. Phoenix’s Melrose neighborhood is a center for vintage and antique shops, with […]

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  • 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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