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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: What's the Best Nontoxic Floor Cleaner?

Ask Mindy: What's the Best Nontoxic Floor Cleaner?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. We have laminate “hardwood” floors in …

Ask Mindy: Is Rinsing My Recyclables More Important Than Saving Water?

Ask Mindy: Is Rinsing My Recyclables More Important Than Saving Water?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. We live in the desert southwest, …

Ask Mindy: How Can I Refinish My Hardwood Floors Without All the Toxins?

Ask Mindy: How Can I Refinish My Hardwood Floors Without All the Toxins?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: I have a chemical allergy. …

Ask Mindy: Is There a Non-Toxic, Effective Way to Get Rid of Termites?

Ask Mindy: Is There a Non-Toxic, Effective Way to Get Rid of Termites?

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Q: I am about to build a house with my husband, and it seems the only way to prevent termites …

Ask Mindy: Should I Be Wary of UV-Protective Swimwear?

Ask Mindy: Should I Be Wary of UV-Protective Swimwear?

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Q: I’ve been shopping for swimwear for my toddler son and realized all of it has a UV shield in …

Ask Mindy: Should I Be Concerned About My Toddler's New-Bed Smell?

Ask Mindy: Should I Be Concerned About My Toddler's New-Bed Smell?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: Help! I just bought my …