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.

  • Adventures of a first-time dumpster diver

    Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, tries dumpster diving and discovers that urban food scavenging is a lot tougher than it looks.

  • Dispatches from a no-wrap Christmas

    Photo: plastic_batFor my mother, sweet vindication came as an early Christmas gift this year on page 59 of a lifestyle magazine. This particular magazine, which specializes in snappy home décor, delicious cookery, and other ways to make your life more …

  • Team Tupperware: Doing away with disposables for good — and loving it

    Pig out: This week, the Greenie Pig opts out of disposable junk.Somewhere on the California coast, between redwood territory and the Bay Area, lies the world’s most self-righteous coffee shop. My boyfriend, Ted, and I stopped there two summers ago …

  • The Greenie Pig is on a (carbon) diet

    I’ve become quite the calorie-counter lately. With the holiday season upon us, I’m really tightening my belt, carefully calculating the number of calories I’d consume from all kinds of daily choices and sniffing out ways to trim the buggers from …

  • Greenie Pig on ‘shrooms: A trip into wild-food foraging

    Photo: Elisabeth Kwak-HefferanFarm to table? Please, so 2009. Forest to table is where it’s at right now. And while foraging one’s own nettles, berries, or chestnuts (or paying top dollar for them at hip restaurants) has both foodies and greenies …

  • The Greenie Pig gets religion on global warming

    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, …

  • Jam on it: Uncanny adventures in food preservation

    The Greenie Pig gets over her fear of botulism and partakes in some serious home economics.

  • What worms eat for breakfast

    Our budding Worm Mistress settles in to life with the wrigglers and discovers that it’s not as complicated as she feared.

  • The Greenie Pig’s got worms

    This aspiring eco-mama’s got a box of wigglers in the kitchen. Just please guys, don’t try to escape.