Archive for the ‘“Things” Obsession’ category

National Buy Nothing Day

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

This Friday is National Buy Nothing Day. It’s also Black Friday—the biggest shopping day of the year. But before we head to the mall, let’s consider this: -780 million people lack clean drinking water. has 47,000 “Likes.” Walmart has 25 million. -1.2 million people are “talking about” Target on Facebook. Twice as many—2.4 million—are […]

11-25 – National Buy Nothing Day

Posted November 23rd, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Friday, November 25th is Black Friday. Walmart has over 10 million LIKES on an app designed to help you get the “best deals” that day. Personally, I can come up with 10 million reason to stay at home on Friday with my family. When I’m 80 I’ll have much fonder memories of the day I […]

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 Birthday Budget

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

It’s Mother’s Day today—the day we recognize all that mothers do. We’re pampered and showered with various tokens of appreciation. Although I adore the homemade cards and gifts, I know the absolute best presents of all are the ones that won’t likely come today. As a mother of three I think the best gift my […]

Last post I discussed some of the ways toxins from your discarded electronic equipment are finding their way into the food supply and I’m guessing you’re checking back to find out how you can protect yourself and your family from these poisons. Well, here you go…BUY LESS STUFF! When you buy less stuff you create […]

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. […]

EWaste – Part I

Posted January 3rd, 2011 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (1).

I visited e-Recycling of California, in Hayward today hoping to garner a few circuit boards for my book. Russ Caswell was incredible. He opened my eyes to the issues around the fastest growing segment of trash today…electronic waste. In short, it’s horrific and the scary part is we have no idea what the long-term implications […]

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 […]

Christmas Eve – Santa Lite

Posted December 24th, 2010 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (1).

I made a commitment this year to buy less stuff for the holidays. Fewer immediate gratification things that the kids play with once or twice and then it either breaks or they’re bored so it’s tossed in the back of the closet. We focused less on electronics and cheap plastic toys from China and more […]