• Time for Potty Training

    Turns out we all need to be potty trained! We are flushing our most valuable resource down the drain and a lot of associated energy and money along with it. The average household can save nearly 3000 gallons a year simply by cutting back on the amount of water our toilets use. One effective option […]

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  • Stuff

    Ever amazed by how quickly your recycling builds up?  Or how many trips you can make to drop off bags at the second hand store and still be surrounded by stuff? I am reminded every time I open my cupboard to reach for a water glass. That’s because we started saving our Bon Maman jelly […]

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  • Many Shovels Make Light Work

    With Finley as our inspiration, we are changing our day-to-day lifestyle to make a positive impact on our environment but we don’t have to do it alone. Finley saw the power of teamwork first hand as part of Highland School’s Green Team. There is nothing quite as satisfying as working to protect something you love […]

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  • Vampire Power

    You’ve probably heard of Vampire Power—the amount of power a device uses in standby mode when you aren’t using it. Finley could not walk past an idle plugged-in charger without giving someone a look pretty much like the one in this picture.  I still chuckle every time I pass one, and though a handful of modern […]

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  • Drive Green to Save Some Green

    Are you ready to go car shopping? There have been amazing advances in green technology in the past few years and chances are you can save money & greenhouse gas emissions with an upgrade. Finley was so proud when her family got their first electric car, the Nissan Leaf, maybe it’s time for your family […]

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  • Where’s the beef?

    About four months ago, Finley’s dad and I decided to stop eating beef.  We don’t buy it at the grocery store, and don’t choose it on the menu when we go out to eat.  Pretty simple really—and after learning that eating beef is the third major contributor to climate change—we’re feeling pretty empowered.   The […]

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  • A Bright Idea

    Replacing only one light bulb in every American home with an Energy Star bulb would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9 billion pounds, or about the amount from 800,000 cars, as reported by the EPA.  How many can you replace? Compared with incandescent bulbs; Halogens use 25% less energy, CFLs use about 75% and LEDs […]

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  • Carbon Counting

    As we work to lower our impact on the planet, a great tool to see how we are doing is a Carbon Calculator. Try this one out and then set some tangible goals. Watch as your number improves with little adjustments; like hanging out 1 load of laundry to dry a week, a few less […]

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  • Stop “Flying” Fish

    At the seafood counter, we are confronted with lots of choices. Although the fresh salmon may be tempting, opting instead for frozen will have a much lower carbon footprint. Chances are that all the fresh fish in your store was flown there, unlike the frozen fish that was probably carried on a ship using far […]

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  • So long blue sparkles!

    Toothpaste doesn’t have to be blue and sparkly! Conventional toothpaste has everything but the “bathroom sink” in it, including known carcinogens, hormone disrupters and some even contain the toxic pesticide, Triclosan. Making toothpaste at home is super easy. Finley’s Dad, Ike starts everyday brushing with good old Baking Soda. You can start there or experiment […]

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