Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer
Jodi Helmer is the author of The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference (Alpha) — a guide to simple ways of living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, one day at a time — and writes about all things green for magazines like Plenty, Backpacker, American Way, Yoga Journal, ReadyMade and Midwest Living. She developed an interest in living green during a 7-year stint in Portland, Ore., where she rode the light rail through downtown, spent Saturday mornings at the farmers market and spent her hard-earned freelancing dollars at locally-owned restaurants and boutiques. She Originally from Toronto, Jodi now lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her dachshunds, Molly and Milo. Visit Jodi at

4 Ways to Green Your Valentine’s Day

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | February 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Relationships

istock_000005074709smallI’m a sucker for love letters and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that I look forward to Valentine’s Day. Show a little love for your partner and the planet by having an eco-friendly holiday this February 14!

Here are four ways to do it:

Get a Handle on Remembering Your Reusable Shopping Bags

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | January 19th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Green Living

reusable shopping bagsLast week I walked out of the supermarket with four paper bags and no she-brings-her-own-bags discount on my receipt. I forgot my canvas shopping bags — again. I walked the three blocks home worrying that the thin little handles would break from the weight of the apples, milk and laundry detergent; and thinking of ways to make sure I didn’t commit the same environmental indiscretion next time.

I know it’s important to BYOB (bring your own bags): In the United States alone, 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees go into making the plastic and paper bags we use every year. According to the non-profit group Natural Capitalism Solutions, five canvas shopping bags that are reused multiple times can replace up to 520 plastic bags in a year. So why did I find myself standing in the produce aisle thinking, “I forgot to bring bags again!” as I loaded carrots and peppers into my cart?

It’s time to come up with a better plan for remembering my reusable shopping bags the next time I go to the supermarket. Here are a few things I’m going to try:

4 Green Ways to Bliss Out Your Backyard for Summer

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | March 24th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living


It was 80 degrees last weekend (don’t shoot the messenger; it’s one of the perks of living in the South) and I spent some time relaxing on the patio. Cold glass of water in hand, I surveyed my surroundings: worn furniture and barren pots as far as the eye could see. Time for a patio makeover … and since I wrote a book about making green choices all year long I have no real excuses not to do it green. I’ve learned a lot about how to choose products that are green yet also practical and affordable.

3 Ways to Green Your Workout

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | February 20th, 2009 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living

Athletic Woman - StretchesWorking out takes a lot of energy – and not just the physical kind. You probably haven’t given much thought to the environmental impact of your workout — but the gear it takes to keep you comfortably, safely active can leave a surprisingly pudgy environmental footprint.

Green Gifts for Four-Legged Family Members

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | December 11th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living

Confession: I spend as much time searching for the perfect holiday gifts for my dachshunds, Molly and Milo, as I do choosing gifts for my parents. (Sorry mom and dad)!

I’m not alone.