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Umbra Fisk is Grist Research Associate II, Hardcover and Periodicals Unit, floors 2B-4B.

Permanent Depress

The dirty secrets of dry cleaning

Advice maven Umbra Fisk adopts a not-so-casual attitude to the question of dry cleaning, one of our most toxic personal habits.

Wattle I Do?

What’s the best way to transport my Thanksgiving leftovers?

When packing up Thanksgiving leftovers for future gobbling, which container is best? Advice maven Umbra Fisk dishes up an answer.

Grounds for Dismissal

Ground or instant coffee: Flavor aside, which is better for the planet?

Sure, you love your artisanal beans -- but could instant coffee be better for the planet? Advice maven Umbra Fisk sniffs around for an answer.

Feline Groovy

How green is your cat’s food?

What's really in cat food? A vegan pet owner wants to know, and Umbra has the purr-fect answer.

Groaning Board

How can I avoid wasting food over the holidays?

A father with too much Halloween candy on his hands inspires Umbra to dish up advice for enjoying the holidays -- without being a pig.

Boiler Maker

Should I heat my house with oil or natural gas?

A homebuyer wonders which filthy fossil fuel will keep her cozy this winter, and Umbra cranks out an answer.

Steam Team

What’s the best way to dehumidify my apartment?

If winter means "wet" in your neck of the woods, Umbra has a few hints for making sure your dwelling stays high and dry.

Cold Clocked

Turns out Daylight Saving Time really does suck

When an exhausted reader wonders what the benefits of Daylight Saving Time really are, Umbra sets the record (and the clock) straight.

Chemise All That

I subscribe to clothing share. Is that an eco-friendly move — or just wasteful?

A reader wonders if clothing subscriptions are a smart way to shop or just another symptom of overconsumption, and Umbra registers her opinion.