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

Berry sage advice

Is it OK to eat berries from water-starved California?

Wondering about your water footprint? Advice columnist Umbra Fisk slakes your thirst for knowledge.

Say it: Don't spray it

How can I protect myself from a pesticide-spraying neighbor?

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk shoots some suggestions your way.

Do or Do Not, There Is No Fry

Can I use nonstick pans with a clean eco-conscience?

Umbra Fisk stirs up advice on cookware for a reader from Virginia.

What a Pane

I want privacy. Is window film an eco-friendly choice?

Advice maven Umbra Fisk sash-ays in to offer tips on how to navigate the wild world of window films.

Blurred Lines

I just got new glasses. Should I recycle my old ones?

Is it pointless to donate or recycle old eyeglasses? Advice maven Umbra Fisk takes a look.

Chemical Bothers

Taking down a wooden playset? Don’t make this mistake.

Advice maven Umbra Fisk hammers home a message about burning toxic wood: Don't do it.

Soak Me, Soak Me

Is it safe to use a soaker hose in my veggie garden?

Advice maven Umbra Fisk uncoils some advice for a gardener who thinks her recycled-rubber hose looks a bit seedy.

As Rod Is My Witness

Help! My closet has been invaded by wire hangers.

Got a closet full of wire hangers? Advice maven Umbra Fisk says you don't have to be clothes-minded about it.

Landfill 'er up?

What’s worse, burning plastic or sending it to a landfill?

When it comes to pesky, non-recyclable plastics, should we bury or burn? Advice maven Umbra Fisk tosses out a few ideas.