Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ category

NEW! The “Clean Lists” Page

Posted February 20th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Do you ever wonder what’s in your sunscreen, shampoo, laundry detergent, water, the food you eat? I do. All the time. So, I thought I’d share some of the lists I refer to on a regular basis to keep my family and my home as toxin free as possible. Click the “Clean Lists” tab on […]

Zero Waste Holiday

Posted December 11th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I love the holidays but I can’t deny that the commercialism of it all puts a damper on it for me. Something that’s a challenge to avoid, with three young children in the house. But small steps can make a big difference, and offer life long lessons for our future stewards of the planet. According […]

My Kids Don’t Know How To Play Outside!

Posted August 31st, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comments (2).

Over the summer I realized my kids don’t know how to REALLY play outside. Ridiculous? “What kid doesn’t know how to play outside?” you say. Most kids from 4th or 5th grade on, I’d argue. I’m not talking about swimming, organized sports, or other myriad rule based games. I’m talking about the type of play […]

No bag?

Posted July 28th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Don’t you love it when you meet new friends that you instantly click with? That’s how I feel about Sports Basement, a small, discount, four store, Bay Area, CA, sporting goods chain, that GET’S IT. I was headed to the mountains for a week last winter and needed to replace a few well worn, or […]

Merely A Guest

Posted June 15th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I have had the wonderful fortune to spend part of my sabbatical as a guest in a restored French chateaux in Bordeaux, France. In order to make the most of my holiday I plan to rent the largest car available just in case I need the room at some point. I will drink out of […]

Would You Rather Die Instantly or Slowly?

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I have been researching the 60’s in preparation for my first book, scheduled to be available on Earth Week 2013. Durning this process I came across a photo, in a 1968 newspaper, of a 12 year old boy who had tied a lawn chair to his skateboard and was riding it down a very big […]

Happy Earth Day!

Posted April 22nd, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Book & Movie Reviews

Posted March 29th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I get countless inquiries every year asking me “what I read.” I can’t think of a better place than my blog to provide a list of good reads and pics on contemporary environmental issues and sustainability. Enjoy.

Shop Local – It Matters

Posted February 23rd, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Many communities have launched “Buy Local” campaigns with good reason. Research shows that for every $100 you spend in your community, $68 of it stays local versus only $23 from chain stores. That difference goes to create jobs, services, parks, sponsor kids’ soccer teams, and so on. But if that’s not enough to convince you […]

Meatless-Like Challenge

Posted January 24th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Food production is a dirty business, using lots of valuable resources (e.g. land or water) and generating tons of pollution (e.g. methane or pesticides). However, some food choices are cleaner than others, and when it comes to living green our food choices and energy and should be at the top of the list. According to the […]