1. Allie,
    I just discovered your blog and I love it. You are adorable and I like to think you survive nj like I do, though that’s just an educated guess. I have a question I am hoping you can answer. My boyfriend and I are going to be moving in together and so will be starting our household from scratch. We have the basic ideas about what to buy, but I am wondering about a few alternatives to some things I am addicted to such as my George foreman. I love it and it’s so convenient to cook up a quick veggie burger or panini, but of course it has nonstick coating…in fact, it’s advertised as having a triple nonstick coating. Great. As far as I can tell, all the mass market countertop grills have a nonstick coating. Do you know of any that aren’t?

    It would be great if you or Beth from fake plastic fish could come up with a list for newlyweds or newly engaged or new homeowners to offer some guidance on what and what not to buy for a new household. It’s hard to do all the research yourself when you are stressed about mortgages, impeding nuptials, etc.

    Anyway, thanks for the well-written blogs. You give me something to aspire to.


    September 29th, 2008 at 2:17 am
    Comment by Heather
  2. Allie,

    I found your site while looking for Meat Free Mondays. Your site is easy to navigate but I wish there was a list of tags on the side of the page I could click on.

    A lot of your entries for Meat Free Mondays reminded me of the vegetarian foods I like but eat so rarely. Now I will have to make a point of looking for new meat free dishes to try.

    Thanks for the posts!

    – Boris

    March 16th, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    Comment by Boris
  3. Hello Greenists~

    Just found your website and wow – great stuff. I am sure you must have a good following of fellow greenies!

    I just wanted to let you know about our business called Green Planet Parties ( We are 2 moms (Suzanne & Suzanne) who met at our first children’s preschool and wanted to provide more sustainable alternatives to the typical chidlren’s birthday party experience. We offer an old-fashioned way of looking at options for handmade cloth decorations to last a lifetime, non=plastic and more conscious options for party giveaways, environmental options for tableware when you can use your own etc. We also have some great information on how to host a greener party and ‘giving birthdays’ for children instead of all the excess of usual parties. We have some even more in-depth information on how to host a greener party or event available too – if you think your readers might be interested, please just shoot me a line and I’ll send it your way.

    Thanks for your time – and for the great site.
    Suzanne (& Suzanne)

    August 24th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    Comment by Suzanne & Suzanne
  4. Hi: This is a great website and thanks for creating it. If at all possible, could you make it so we receive your info via email also? I would appreciate it. Again…great site!

    November 10th, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    Comment by Hersh
  5. What an informational site you have here. I would like to introduce you to my business. I have a new storefront in Denver that is Exclusively eco-friendly/sustainable womens fashions that offer the latest in fashion forward trends. You don’t have to sacrifice style anymore to be a green fashionista. I would love to submit an article or additional information for your site, if you’d be interested,please contact me. (I’ve tried sending email your way and it doesn’t seem to work?) Thanks for all the good work you’re doing in getting resources out there. Cheers! Peggy Gulam, Owner, Chrysalis Eco-Boutique.

    January 6th, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    Comment by Peggy Gulam
  6. Hi I have a lot of cats. (11 currently; I do some rescue work, and I’m a veterinarian). Anyway, to fill 1 jumbo box, (let’s say 30″x16″)how much newspaper do you need. I guess maybe the height of the pile of paper is the best way to measure. Thanks Melina

    April 17th, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    Comment by Melina
  7. Hello!

    I hope you don’t mind me reaching out. I’m producing a film on Haiti’s agricultural crisis and the grassroots sustainable ag-based recovery movement emerging there. I believe strongly that Haiti is an amazing test-case of the failed paradigms of the past, and we are making this film both to promote a new path for Haiti, as well as leverage this “teachable moment” for the world.

    We’re on Kickstarter, and we’ve produced an Intro Video which I think your audience would find appealing. The video is at An embeddable version from Vimeo is available at: I would also love your guys’ feedback on the project if you have any.

    Thank you,

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    Comment by Joshua Levin
  8. How can I reach Green Now to set up some financing for my clients?

    August 11th, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    Comment by Cheryl Muzinich
  9. I’d like your input about yarns. What types of yarns should I be looking for other than merino, and how do I know if the dyes are environmentally friendly?

    December 8th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    Comment by kathleen wall
  10. Hi Allie!
    I just had to write and tell you how much I am enjoying your book Stay! Being a huge dog lover the cover caught my eye and the story line sounded good so i got a copy..(at wegmans! yup I live in the rochester area too) I’m about half way through it and i am in love! Van is a very relatable character and Joe is just like the dog i hope to have someday! I can’t wait to read more from you!!!-Sincerly, Stephanie Coffey

    December 13th, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    Comment by Stephanie
  11. I just finished your book. I absolutely loved it. I am not a reader but started reading recently while sitting waiting for my daughter to get out of dance class. I spend my days rushing around and being so busy between my own job and taking my kids everywhere that I forget to just relax and enjoy my family. This was a warm, wonderful book that brought tears to my eyes. You are a wonderful writer and I hope you write more in the future.

    December 18th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    Comment by Annonymous
  12. Hello Allie-
    I just attended the blogging panel discussion at the PRSA lunch in Rochester. Thanks so much for your time, today.
    I came back to the office to look up your blog and think that you should try out to be the next “Greenest New Yorker”. I Love NY is looking for their next spokesperson and I think you would be great.
    Thanks again for your thoughtful insights today. Thrilled I found your blog, as well.

    March 30th, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    Comment by meg
  13. I use this cat littre and this is second time I bought a big bag and it had a hole in it. For the price I don’t need to be losing the littre before I get it home which is what is happening.

    thank you,

    May 6th, 2011 at 11:16 am
    Comment by Candy
  14. I miss my Greenists.
    Just wanted you to know.
    Hope all is well.

    September 17th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    Comment by Lynn

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