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

Living

Is video streaming greener than DVDs?

A reader frets that her home entertainment habits may be rubbing the climate the wrong way. Umbra scratches below the surface.

Living

What’s the safest way to take my baby on the bus?

A reader wants to take his baby on public transit. Umbra has some railly great advice.

Living

Where can I find the most eco-friendly surf gear?

A reader wonders if she can hang 10 without leaving the planet in the soup. Umbra steps into the green room.

Living

Is there such thing as guilt-free leather?

A reader wonders if faux leather is more ethical than the real stuff. Umbra says she could be suede.

Food

I’m trying to eat more local, in-season veggies. Is there an app for that?

What's an aspiring locavore to do? Umbra says don't take it too Siri-ously.

Living

Can I just dump old beauty products down the drain?

Oh, what to do with all those old shampoos? Umbra knows, and soon you shall too.

Living

Is it safe to drink water out of plastic pipes?

A reader wonders about copper pipes vs. PEX. Umbra plumbs the options.

Living

How can I keep my cat’s fur from coating my house?

A reader is tired of lint rollers and cat fur. Umbra sheds light.

Living

What’s my greenest tea option?

A reader wonders if there's such thing as recyclable tea packaging. Umbra strains for an answer.

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