• 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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  • So Long Saran Wrap

    Learning how to use greener products can take some experimentation.  That’s what I found with the beeswax covers sold as replacements for cling wraps and foil.  At first contact these beeswax wraps are magical. The feel is soft and bendable—like a silly putty—and there is definitely a satisfaction to the way they actually stick and […]

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  • Reducing A Shampooing Addiction

    There were many daunting preparations required for our recent trip to Kenya— a list of vaccines from Typhoid to Yellow Fever—we even had to drink a cup of Cholera.  We doused our clothes in mosquito repellant sprays (while wearing a mass of protective gear),  and started a pre-trip regimen of anti-malaria pills.  We bought special […]

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  • Laundry Upgrade

    1 Billion. That’s how many loads of laundry Americans do every week according to government data. 250,000. That’s how many plastic micro-fibers are released every time a fleece jacket is washed. 1 Billion X 250,000 = a lot of plastic in our waterways.   How do we stop this micro-pollution from contaminating our fisheries and […]

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  • LED the way

    Let’s shed a little light on electricity, and how to use less. When it comes to reducing (the first of those 3 R’s!) electricity use, and by extension, greenhouse gas emissions, the most important step is to turn those lights off except when they’re actually being use. (And if making the house look “good” means […]

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  • Sorting Made Easy

    We have all done it – hovered over a waste bin at an airport or the park trying to determine where to responsibly deposit our trash. Should it go in recycle or garbage? compost or landfill? If we are in a hurry, chances are it ends up in the trash. Worse still is when it […]

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  • Electricity = Water Use

    It’s World Water Day: What can you do for water today? Would you be surprised if we said that you should turn off your lights, skip the blow dryer, and shut down your computer at night? Yes, that’s right. One important action for protecting water supplies is to use less electricity. That’s because thermo-electric power […]

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