Umbra Fisk

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Advice for Living Green

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

Living

Ask Umbra: Is “canned air” bad for the planet?

A reader threatens to use an air duster to clean her office. "Drop the spray can and step away from the computer," says Umbra. "We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Living

Ask Umbra: How can I green up my back-to-school shopping?

A reader frets that his buying binge could be bad for the planet. Umbra says this three-ring shopping circus can really get you in a bind.

Cities

Ask Umbra: Am I a bad person for wanting to flee to the suburbs?

A reader is considering running for the hills following a rash of shootings in his city neighborhood. Umbra breaks down his options.

Living

Ask Umbra: Will Teflon pans poison my food?

To stick or non to stick. That is the question. Umbra says 'tis nobler to stick.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s the most eco-friendly way to get rid of this sexy stubble?

Shaving? Waxing? Laser removal? What's an overly hirsute mammal to do? Umbra takes this question on the chin.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s that stuff dripping out of my neighbor’s air conditioner?

A reader wonders about the constant drip from upstairs. Umbra offers a few drops of wisdom.

Living

Ask Umbra: How can I get rid of all of this packaging foam?

A reader wonders what to do with the annoying foam padding her purchases. Umbra packs it up, packs it in.

Living

Ask Umbra: What should I do with my nasty old pillows?

Readers wonder if and where they should toss old pillows. Umbra makes a strong pillowcase.

Living

Ask Umbra: Are organic cherries worth the extra expense?

A reader wonders if there's really pesticide residue on her fresh fruit. Umbra says it's time to break with conventional.

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