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Living

What is the greenest type of bike frame?

Steel, aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber -- that is the question. Umbra tests the metals.

Living

What’s the greenest way to travel?

A reader wants to see the world without wrecking it. Umbra offers a few travel tips.

Living

Can I recycle all these plastic food wrappers?

A reader wonders what to do with the plastic his food comes wrapped in. Umbra says he's bin doing it all wrong.

Living

Which is worse, a K-Cup or a throw-away coffee cup?

A reader wants to know the lesser of two coffee evils. Umbra cups the ante.

Living

Do I need to flush every time?

A reader's spouse is upset by the "if it's yellow, let it mellow" policy. Umbra says hold it right there.

Living

What foods should I take camping?

An eco-conscious backpacker wonders what to eat. Umbra goes foraging for answers.

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Baths vs. showers, an eco-smackdown

A reader frets that taking long baths may be bad for the planet. Umbra says she's in hot water.

Living

Is there such a thing as a green snowblower?

A reader needs help clearing her driveway. Umbra digs deep for an answer.

Messpresso

Are all K-Cup-style coffeemakers totally terrible?

A reader wonders whether single-serving coffee can be green. Umbra brews up an answer.

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