• Bees Wax to Nix the Plastic Wrap

    If you read our post about recyclable plastic bags last Thursday, you’ll know that plastic wrap is one of those films that cannot be recycled. Because, to quote ourselves, “the chemicals and resins added to make the cling wrap “clingy” and stretchable cannot be removed, making it too complex a

  • Naturalize Your Lawn

    Each year, as our yard begins to turn green, I smile and think of the battles Finley fought to convert our “lawn” to more eco-friendly habitat.  It all began with a book we were given by Aunt Lynn (Ike’s big sister), talking about the benefits of “natural lawn care”, which

  • Mind Over Matter

    Today’s post is a flashback to the beginning of our Birthday To Earth Day posting with a beautiful reflection from one of the special people Finley appointed to her Finley’s Green Leap Forward board, Tim Dunn. Over the last four years since Finley created Green Leap Forward and began to

  • “Ode to Big Guy”

    Thank you to our dear friend, Lauren Dunn, for today’s post about love, education, and action! My love for orangutans predates memory. I’ve been told that my grandparents had a stuffed animal that was bigger than me at the time that I used to tote around the house every time

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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