• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • One Christmas in the bag and you’ll never go back!

    Posting today from Virginia, where a late season snow storm makes it feel like Christmas. For as long as I can remember, Finley’s aunt Lynn has been saving paper by wrapping gifts in newspaper and other recycled materials. It took Santa a little longer to catch on, but finally about 9 years

  • Recycling Batteries

    We all love our gadgets, right? Well, those gadgets lead to a lot of thrown out batteries – 3 billion annually to be exact. In each of these batteries is a chemical soup of lead, nickel, cobalt, zinc, manganese dioxide and more that if put in a landfill will leach

  • Happy 21st Birthday Finley

      It is Finley’s birthday, and it’s a tough time for the planet. But when we face great challenges, that is the time we need a little Finley the most. Her light heart, her knowing wisdom—not blind to the seriousness of our circumstances, but not letting them get us down

  • Earth Overshoot Day

    This year Earth Overshoot Day – otherwise known as the-day-human-demand-on-nature-exceeds-supply – falls on August 8th.  After this date, we will use resources at a rate which outpaces Earth’s ability to regenerate them.  This means we are not only living on borrowed capital from future generations, but we are also eroding

  • Finley’s Fund at Work

    On April 22nd Finley’s Green Leap Forward Fund announced it’s third annual round of grants, bringing the total dollars awarded through her fund up to $50,000.  We’d like to tell you a bit more about each of 2016’s four grantees and why their work matters. Catalog Choice, Finley had a personal

  • Triple Jump: $30,000 for 2016 Grants

    Building on the “birthday surprise” that launched Finley’s Fund, an effort sustained by friends, family, and strangers from around the globe in 2014, the fund has continued to grow through gifts and community fundraising events. And now its ability to provide grants has grown as well, and in 2016 the fund