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Mindy Pennybacker

Mindy Pennybacker

Environmental expert, author of "Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices"

Home: Honolulu, Hawaii

Bio: Born and raised in Hawaii, educated at Stanford University, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the law school of the University of California, Davis, Mindy Pennybacker lived with my husband and son in New York City before returning to Honolulu in 2009. A journalist specializing in environmental health, green products and natural resource protection, she was editor in chief of The Green Guide for 11 years. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Sierra, and elsewhere. When she's not writing, she's surfing (or swimming if the waves are flat).

My Philosophy: If it's good for the environment, it's good for you. Whether it's buying organic and local food, greener cleaners, personal care products and electronics, or taking simple steps to conserve water and energy, our individual choices collectively add up to positive global change.

If I weren't doing what I do now I'd be: a writing teacher.

Favorite piece of advice (or “pearl of wisdom”): No more green guilt!

My website: GreenerPenny.com

Expert's Archive

Ask Mindy: A Green Bathroom Cleaner That Actually Works?

Ask Mindy: A Green Bathroom Cleaner That Actually Works?

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I have terrible soap scum and hard water stains and am looking for a more natural way to clean it. …

Ask Mindy: Is a Plastic Loofah More Eco-Friendly Than a Natural Sea Sponge?

Ask Mindy: Is a Plastic Loofah More Eco-Friendly Than a Natural Sea Sponge?

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Which is better: using a loofah (which I know is made out of plastic) or a natural sea sponge? I’m …

Ask Mindy: What's the Greenest Type of Driveway?

Ask Mindy: What's the Greenest Type of Driveway?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. What is the most eco-friendly type …

Ask Mindy: Where Can I Find Furniture Without Chemical Treatments?

Ask Mindy: Where Can I Find Furniture Without Chemical Treatments?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: Any recommendations on how or …

Ask Mindy: What Kind of Flooring Is Healthiest For My Young Kids?

Ask Mindy: What Kind of Flooring Is Healthiest For My Young Kids?

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I want to get new floors put in my house, but everything seems to have aluminum oxide in it or …

Ask Mindy: Which Type of Water Filter Should I Use?

Ask Mindy: Which Type of Water Filter Should I Use?

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Our water has has a lot of chlorine, but I am confused about which type of water-filtration system is best …