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A Zero-Waste Kitchen-it’s a Process

Posted December 8th, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

 LaMorinda Weekly  A Zero-Waste Kitchen-it’s a Process  by Sophie Braccini Of the 3R’s of sustainable life-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Nanette Hefferman’s favorite is the first one: the new challenge the mother of three little children set for herself is to have a zero-waste kitchen. Recycling is not enough for the woman who is skeptical about the reality of the process and does not […]

Why I’ll Never Buy Another Book Again

Posted July 10th, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Every year over 1 million books are published in the U.S. and hundred’s of millions are printed. A few are kept and treasured, some are sent overseas, but most are discarded in very short order either due to print overruns, obsolescence, or simply poor quality writing. Where do all of these unwanted books go? I […]

The Environment Is Not YOUR Ash Tray

Posted April 18th, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (1).

I spend one day a month driving around the county picking up garbage from various businesses that have agreed to support my cause. I often leave homemade baked goods for their troubles–extra dark fudgy brownies, soft baked chocolate chip cookies, lemon squares… The other day, while out on my monthly refuse mission, I was waiting […]

Waste-Less Lunch at Springhill a Big Success

Posted March 16th, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

LaMorinda Weekly Waste-Less Lunch at Springhill a Big Success by Sophie Braccini

The volume of trash we generate never ceases to amazes me. Everywhere you go there’s trash. Even more amazing though is what one can learn when you start digging through the trash. I am head of the Green Team at my children’s school and as part of a Waste Free Lunch campaign (no baggies, chip […]

Dumpster Diving for Baggies – Waste Free Lunch

Posted March 1st, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

The volume of trash we produce constantly amazes me. Everywhere you go there’s trash. Even more amazing though is what one can learn when you start digging through the trash. I pack a waste free lunch for my children but I know many people don’t. In fact, it is estimated that Americans dispose of over […]

Garbage Sends Couple to Counseling

Posted February 15th, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I collect garbage. All sorts of garbage, especially prolific garbage such as plastic bags, water bottle caps, mountains of tiny vending machine toys made in China, packaging, Styrofoam peanuts, and on and on. I sent an email out to my network of contacts asking them to save all of these items, and more, to support […]

EWaste – Part II – Fish for dinner?

Posted January 15th, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Few things better exemplify America’s possession obsession than e-waste. That’s all of our nearly instantaneously obsolete computers, cells phones, TVs, and the accessories that go with them. And don’t forget those disposable printer cartridges. The U.S. produces 3 million metric tons of this junk a year. We are second only to China at 2.3 million. […]

Best Christmas Ever

Posted December 25th, 2010 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Texted all my friends and told them to save the Christmas wrapping paper for me. I’ll find a use for it in the book somehow. Oh, and the so called barren pile of presents…a nonissue. The kids had a great time and not one of them (for the first time ever) said, “I didn’t get […]