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Lust for Life

Which birth control works best — and creates the least waste?

Which type of birth control produces the least waste (and the fewest kids)? Find out from advice maven Umbra Fisk.

Cool Runnings

Planning a trip? Here’s how to save energy at home while you’re gone.

How can you cut home energy use while you're on vacation? Advice maven Umbra Fisk offers tips just in time for summer.


Putting on sunscreen? Read this first.

Here's how to safeguard your skin while still playing nice with the oceans.

No Butts About It

Your cigarettes literally kill everything

OK, not literally, but they are responsible for a whole lot of chemicals, pesticides, and clearcuts.

Counter Intuitive

What’s the best non-toxic alternative to bleach?

When a reader wonders if bleaching the kitchen counters is overkill, advice maven Umbra Fisk talks dirty.

Slick Snacks

Don’t look now, but the oil industry miiiight be poisoning your food

Some of the food you eat is probably irrigated with reused water from the oil industry. Bon appetit!


Don’t look now, but you emit too much — here’s how to stop

Americans emit way more than our fair share of carbon. Know where it comes from?

Carbon Footprints in the Sand

Does recycling glass do more harm than good?

Advice maven Umbra Fisk has a message (in a bottle) for beach-combers.

Bra None

I just bought a new bra. Could it be toxic?

When a breast-cancer survivor wonders whether she's just purchased toxic bras, advice maven Umbra Fisk offers support -- including tips on natural alternatives.