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.

Stuff it: Test your mettle by giving up shopping

Could you go for an entire month without buying anything new? Follow Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, into the valley of temptation.

Oh rot: It’s harvest time on the worm farm

Eight months ago, our fearless green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, brought a bucket of worms into her home. They’ve made some beautiful compost for her, but how to extract it?

The barter economy — coming soon to a backyard near you

Toting a loaf of homemade bread, her boyfriend’s beef jerky, and a couple of bottles of her very own Thunder Sauce, Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets off for the neighborhood bartering session.

Potty talk: How best to green up your bathroom business

Grist’s eco-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, ventures where few have dared to go -- the realm of the porcelain goddess -- and returns with a few tricks you might want to try. But be warned, this is not for the …

Good housekeeping: Spring cleaning the DIY way

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets aside her store-bought cleansers and cleans the house with all manner of oddities, including a raw lemon and tea tree oil. Surprise! This stuff actually works.

Hard to stomach: How a fresh clam feast got the best of me

After harvesting a bucketful of fresh clams from a local beach, our green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, learned something about the old saying, "Too much of a good thing …"

Clammed up: Digging for local, sustainable protein on a muddy beach

Our fearless green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, went in search of the elusive Pacific razor clam. Lucky for her, she met a gun-toting clam angel, who gave her a taste of the community that comes from a shared search for …

Me against the world: The trouble with travel and the climate

Last fall, our green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, set out to offset the globe-warming gases she produced on a trip to Texas. Four months into it, she’s not even halfway to her goal. The lesson? Well, read on …

Spoil sport: How I learned to stop worrying and love the dumpster

Armed with suggestions from readers, Grist’s green-living pioneer went back to the trash bins in search of sustenance. This time, she emerged with a spread fit for a king.