• 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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  • 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 ago he starting leaving a […]

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  • 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 into our water, air and […]

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  • 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 or keep us from action. […]

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  • 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 the natural capital that supports […]

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