Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan is Grist's "Greenie Pig" -- weathering all manner of inconvenience and insult in the name of forging a more eco-friendly life. She is a freelance writer and special projects editor at Backpacker magazine. Her writing has also appeared in 5280 (Denver's city magazine), Women's Adventure, and Spry.

The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013

Grist’s green-living pioneer has spent the past year trying to be a little kinder to the planet. Interested in doing the same? Here are five simple guidelines.

Tales of a crafty Christmas

When the whole family decided to go DIY, all bets were off. Would the gifts be awesome, or would it end badly? And most importantly, what would the boyfriend do?

This year, make it a DIY Christmas

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, has some unconventional ideas for gift-giving this season -- and she needs a little help.

WTF is the deal with high-fructose corn syrup?

The average American downs 60 pounds of this processed sweetener each year. Is that a bad thing? In this latest edition of The Basics, we explain it all.

Guilt-free gobble: A holiday feast the ecosystem can be thankful for

In pursuit of the greenest Thanksgiving possible, Grist's eco-pioneer, the Greenie Pig, investigates the best main-course options. (Spoiler: Conventional turkey doesn't cut it.)

Walk the walk: Take the Two-Mile (no-car) Challenge

Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, decided to ditch her car for short trips for a month. Easier said than done when it's raining out and you're carrying a pizza.

The gift of garbage: A first-timer tries her hand at ‘upcycling’

Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, dives into her own dumpster and emerges with a veritable craft fair of useful reusables.

This laundry soap won’t mess with your man parts

We blew it. We gave you detergent recipes that might bake your love spuds. Here’s one that (we sincerely hope) will not.

Try this at home: The joys of DIY laundry detergent

Cheer up and stop being such a borax! Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, is here to turn the tide on homemade laundry soap.