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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 Deal with Antimicrobial Towels?

Ask Mindy: What's the Deal with Antimicrobial Towels?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: What is used to treat …

Ask Mindy: How Can I Green My Kid's Birthday Party?

Ask Mindy: How Can I Green My Kid's Birthday Party?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: Do you have any ideas …

Ask Mindy: BPA in Eyeglass Frames?

Ask Mindy: BPA in Eyeglass Frames?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: I heard recently that eyeglass …

Ask Mindy: Can I Recycle Styrofoam?

Ask Mindy: Can I Recycle Styrofoam?

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Q: How can I recycle extruded polystyrene—that horrible stuff that is used for packaging electronics and so many other items. …

Ask Mindy: Help Me Find An All-Season, Eco-Friendly Comforter

Ask Mindy: Help Me Find An All-Season, Eco-Friendly Comforter

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Q: I’m shopping for a comforter. What is the best all-season sustainable fabric? –Claire Von Derau A: Early spring, with …

Ask Mindy: Is Steel the Best Green Roofing Material?

Ask Mindy: Is Steel the Best Green Roofing Material?

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Q: I have heard that steel-panel roofing is eco-friendly, but I’m worried about hail damage and loud noise during thunderstorms. …