Disaster prep isn't a realm in which to get too obsessive about sustainability, but it makes all sorts of sense to stock your own kit, Umbra advises.
A reader wants to know how his college's customary balloon swarm affects the environment. Umbra offers a crash course.
Sure, there's less BPA in use these days -- but, a reader asks Umbra, what about the plastics that replaced it in our cans and bottle tops?
It takes tons of plants to make those little phials of essential oils, so the "how" really matters. Umbra offers a guide for the oil-concerned.
Is that big jug a sensible way to achieve workday hydration? Or should we just be drinking from the tap? Umbra dives right in for an answer.
If you just can't deal with washing your lettuce yourself, is it better to go for a plastic bag or a plastic box? Umbra has a clear answer.
Umbra counsels a rat-ridden reader to forego the poisons, which tend to harm indiscriminately, and find better ways to remove a rodent.
The journey your package takes doesn't have to be a guilt(y) trip. But the faster you want it, the more likely you'll be doing some damage, green-ly speaking.
A reader wants to know whether "single stream" recycling is more efficient than the usual sort-paper-and-plastic approach. Umbra digs up the answer.