Forgive me, Earth, for I have sinned. You see, a dear childhood friend of my boyfriend's got married last Saturday. Our attendance was a foregone conclusion -- there was no way Ted could miss his bro's big day. Problem was, we live in Seattle, and this wedding was in Marfa, Texas, a tiny town a full eight hours' drive from Austin. We had to travel -- a lot -- to reach this blessed event. With travel come carbon emissions, and with carbon emissions comes guilt. If it helps, I feel really bad about it. Perhaps the most hardcore greenies out …
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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.