Day 320: Green Businesses And Basements

Setting up in Jeannie's living room







In this year on the road, YERT has come across many individuals planting seeds of green right from their living rooms, kitchens, and basements.

We met two such people in the Twin cities area in May.  Jeannie Piekos was kind enough to host us for lunch at her home in Minneapolis along with her family and two dogs.  It was an appropriate place to meet, because that’s where her green business started.  After years of washing out bags by hand, Jeanie asker her husband to design a device that could wash the bags in the dishwasher. The result:  Bag-E-Wash.

Plastic zipper bags really are convenient— great for helping parents pack kids’ lunches, freezing leftovers, hauling food to/from a tailgate party—but they’re also incredibly wasteful when used only once.  Bag-E-Wash helps maintain the convenient lifestyle we have grown accustomed to while also becoming more environmentally responsible.  Just a few pieces of nylon snap together to hold, wash, and dry plastic zipper bags in the dishwasher.  She recommends using the freezer bag variety because it is durable— lasting up to 50 washes— and,

like all zipper bag companies she’s researched, does not release toxins even after many uses. 

Tony Kvale has a similar story.  His board game, Head1Liners, looks like any other game on the shelf, but is made of recycled materials paper, soy-based ink, and recycled glass.  He works from his St. Paul home with help from his 3-yr-old daughter, Greta, who receives free room and board for helping her daddy sort colored game pieces in their basement.  🙂


While Tony’s wife, Brenda, made sidewalk chalk drawings outside with Greta, Ben, Mark and Tony played a round of Head1Liners, which is simple and easy to pick up.  One player chooses a picture from a box and then all of the players must each make up a headline for the image.  All the players vote (but not for their own!) and move according to the number of votes they received.


Wanna try? Kudos to whoever comes up with the best headline for this shot of Ben. (It’s a sneak peak of what is coming up in a future blog entry.)





3 thoughts on “Day 320: Green Businesses And Basements

  1. Haha, good one, Sean!

    I was thinking more along the lines of “Male Model Gives New Meaning To S**t Eating Grin”


    “Dung: Not For Beetles Any More”


    “Breaking News: Pig Slop Does Not Bode Well As Anti-Wrinkle Cure”

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