LIttle Things to Make A Big Difference – Try Bar Soap

Looking for some simple things to change that allows you to lessen your impact on the environment in a big way?  Here’s one that might seem simple and small, but if everyone changed, it could impact the environment from a number of different angles – switch from liquid soap to bar soap.   Soap is such […]

Bringing Clean Water to the People of Haiti – Ste Jeanne D’Arc Haiti Foundation

Recently I had the opportunity to hear Hermina Hyacinthe speak about her journey and the foundation that she created to assist the people in her hometown of Petit-Goave, Haiti. Hermina HyacinthePhoto courtesy of Ste Jeanne D’Arc Haiti Foundation Hermina grew up in Haiti and moved to the United States where she received a bachelor’s degree […]

Greening Your Camping – Getting Started

Camping is a low impact and low cost way to vacation either by yourself or with your friends and family.   We find that it is a good way to spend several days of quality time with friends that is not horribly expensive. There are a lot of green websites that talk about how to go […]

My Mother’s Day Wish For My Children

A gift from my daughter This afternoon when I picked my daughter up from school she handed me a craft she had made and said “Here, this is your Mother’s Day Gift.  I don’t know when Mother’s Day is, so I’m giving it to you now.”  She is 6 years old.  How sweet is that?   […]

Tip: Simple Water Saving Ideas

Here’s a very simple tip for saving water that I never did until it was pointed out to me: when filling the tub for a bath, close the drain before turning on the water.  I find that most people adjust the water running out of the faucet to the temperature that they want it to […]

Solar Hot Water Heating up in Massachusetts

Image courtesy of I’m really excited to see the new solar energy incentive program testing the waters in Massachusetts.  MassCEC is conducting a trial for a residential solar hot water incentive program.  Scheduled to begin in February 2011, the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program will provide $12.50/sq ft of collector plus a $200 Massachusetts […]

Jon’s Useful Green Gift Ideas

Let’s face it, we all have too much stuff.  So this holiday season I’m taking a shift away from gadgets and gizmos to focus on gift ideas that can be used everyday and help people live a greener lifestyle. I’ve linked to some samples from, but it is even better if you can find […]

The Cloth Diapering Accessory Every Parent Should Have

As we enter this holiday shopping system I have been trying to focus on gifts and purchases that are either consumables or things we really need. Last year I even wrote a Green Gift Guide that focuses on those sorts of items. We’re also traveling a lot and I’m trying to pack lighter. However, I […]

From Books to Oil Spills – One Less Fish

We stumbled across a book this week that helped us talk to our twins about the Gulf Oil Spill.  We weren’t sure how much they knew about the disaster, but after 6 weeks of headline news, we figured they probably knew something about it.  We didn’t intend to have this conversation when we did, but […]

Recap from World Water Day

Yesterday, March 22, was World Water Day.  In honor of that and because so many people ask us about the impact of bottled water, here is a video I enjoyed on Annie Leonard Releases New Video on Story of Bottled Water for World Water Day.   The Story of Bottled Water is co-produced with […]