• Good Dirt

    Spring is in the air, and gardening is on our minds. Local garden stores are gearing up with tantalizing seedlings and blooming perennials to entice even the brownest of thumbs. Along with the plants themselves are a dizzying array of fertilizers, seed starter mixes and potting soils.  How to choose? Not all soil amendments are […]

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  • Greening Your Flight

    Traveling is a large part of our eco-footprint. If you can’t be a homebody, take the time to find the most efficient mode of transport. The International Civil Aviation Organization has a carbon calculator where you can learn the impact of a proposed airline flight. Then take that info and compare plane travel to taking […]

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  • 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 plastic to recycle.” Finley’s sister […]

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  • 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 included healthier grass, less sound […]

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  • 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 raise funds to protect our […]

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  • “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 I visited. What I do […]

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  • 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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