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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

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Ask Mindy: How Can I Find Eco-Friendly Flowers?

Ask Mindy: How Can I Find Eco-Friendly Flowers?

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Ask Mindy: Greenest Paper for Wedding Invitations?

Ask Mindy: Greenest Paper for Wedding Invitations?

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Ask Mindy: Do I Need An Organic Mattress?

Ask Mindy: Do I Need An Organic Mattress?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. Is there such a thing as …

Ask Mindy: Is It Better To Buy Secondhand Or New Organic Baby Clothes?

Ask Mindy: Is It Better To Buy Secondhand Or New Organic Baby Clothes?

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Got a green dilemma? Ask me! I’ll be answering a new question each week. I’m a mommy-to-be. Is it better …

Ask Mindy: How Do I Get Rid of Bird Mites?

Ask Mindy: How Do I Get Rid of Bird Mites?

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Worth a Read: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Worth a Read: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

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