About Easier Being Green

Jenn works to green businesses. She likes writing about ways she’s trying, for better and for worse, to green up her life. She has lived in Colorado, Morocco, California, and Minnesota.

Easier Being Green opened in September of 2007 and migrated to WordPress in February 2009.

Read about how much water your toilet uses, tips to green your apartment, and my attempt at a week without trash.



  1. Greta Deutsch said

    Hi Jenn,

    I’ve been looking through your Easier Being Green blog, and I noticed you touch on ways people and companies can be more green. My name is Greta Deutsch, and I work with a local public relations firm, where I work closely with Verizon Wireless in Minnesota. I thought you might be interested to know that this week (April 6-12) is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Cell Phone Recycling Week, and consumers are being asked to give back to their communities and the environment by donating their no-longer-used cell phones, batteries and accessories that might otherwise just be laying in a junk drawer wasting space.

    The process is simple, and cell phones can be dropped off at a variety of recycling locations. Local Verizon Wireless Communications stores are accepting the phones and taking the process a step further than just recycling them in an environmentally sound way with HopeLine, an exclusive program that refurbishes the phones for local domestic abuse victims and offers help to local shelters and non-profits focusing on domestic violence prevention.

    This is a great way for people to give back to their community and help out the environment simultaneously, and I think your blogs are the perfect outlet to inform Minnesotans about the HopeLine program. We do a large push for phone recycling around Earth Day as well, so if you agree that this is a good fit for your blogs and would like any further information, please let me know.


    Greta Deutsch


    Consumers Can Help Their Community and the Environment During National Cell Phone Recycling Week

    MINNEAPOLIS– Consumers in Minnesota can give back to their communities and help the environment by donating old cell phones, batteries and accessories to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Cell Phone Recycling Week – April 6 – 12, 2009.
    The EPA reports that more than 100 million cell phones are discarded annually. If we recycled all of them, we would save enough energy to power more than 18,500 U.S. homes for one year. HopeLine provides a convenient way to make an impact.
    “Last year alone, Minnesotans donated more than 25,000 no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine,” said Nancy B. Clark, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “We are proud to give consumers in an easy means for recycling their no-longer-used wireless devices during National Cell Phone Recycling Week and throughout the year.”
    Through HopeLine’s national recycling efforts, more than 1 million no-longer-used wireless phones have been disposed of properly, more than 170,000 pounds of batteries have been recycled and more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries have been kept out of landfills.
    HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ exclusive phone recycling and refurbishing program, collects no-longer used wireless equipment from any wireless service provider at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide or by mail. Phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.
    For additional information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, including store locations, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. To print a postage-paid label, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel.

  2. Bill Hawthorne said

    Easier Being Green,

    My name is Bill Hawthorne, and I represent maacenter.org, a leading web resource for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer information. Our organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of the terrible health consequences of asbestos exposure.

    I found your site through a search and decided to contact you because of its high environmental and green presence which is extremely important in our movement. The promotion of how buildings should now be built using sustainable green products to avoid asbestos and mesothelioma as well as the awareness of past buildings and preventative steps in avoiding asbestos exposure are extremely important. My goal is to get a resource link on your site or even to provide a guest posting to be placed.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to check out our website. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Bill Hawthorne
    MAA Center is now on Twitter – follow us @maacenter

  3. Emily B. said


    Love your attempt to live a week without trash. Our company, TerraCycle, is in the business of collecting trash from people all over the country and then transforming that trash into brand new, valuable products in a process we call upcycling!

    We would love to work with you on something. Can you please send us a message so we can be in contact with you?

    Feel free to check out our website, http://www.TerraCycle.net for more information.

    Thanks and have a Great Day!

    Emily, EmilyB@TerraCycle.net

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