Whole Living Daily

Our Experts

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: Natural Way to Get Rid of Spiders?

Ask Mindy: Natural Way to Get Rid of Spiders?

Posted by

Q: How can I get rid of spiders in my house without using chemicals? —Suzanne Loveland There is no need …

Ask Mindy: How Should I Dispose of Medications?

Ask Mindy: How Should I Dispose of Medications?

Posted by

Q: Is there a convenient way to dispose of unused or expired medications? —Winnie Jong A: If only most consumers—and …

Ask Mindy: How Should I Green My Home for Baby?

Ask Mindy: How Should I Green My Home for Baby?

Posted by

Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: How can I create a …

Ask Mindy: Natural Way to Remove Rust Stains?

Ask Mindy: Natural Way to Remove Rust Stains?

Posted by

Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: My dryer has been putting …

Ask Mindy: Where Can I Find Soft, Eco-Friendly Rugs?

Ask Mindy: Where Can I Find Soft, Eco-Friendly Rugs?

Posted by

Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Q: I would like to use …

Ask Mindy: Should I Go With a Stone Wall or Stone Wallpaper?

Ask Mindy: Should I Go With a Stone Wall or Stone Wallpaper?

Posted by

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