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

Pulp Nonfiction

Ask Umbra: How many times can you recycle paper, anyway?

A reader wonders how far recycled paper can go. Umbra delivers.

Living

Ask Umbra: Is it safe to use newspaper as garden mulch?

A reader frets about dioxins in his topsoil. It's a dirty question, but somebody's got to answer it.

Living

Ask Umbra: How can I find a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t suck (electricity)?

A reader wonders how to keep his floors clean in the greenest manner possible. Umbra gets swept up in the possibilities.

Living

Ask Umbra: Why is my face scrub full of tiny plastic beads?

A reader is having a hard time finding fish-friendly exfoliants. Umbra says therein lies the rub.

Food

Ask Umbra: Which is lighter on the land, wild game or farmed meat?

A reader is searching for the most eco-friendly flesh. Umbra chews on the alternatives.

Living

Ask Umbra: I’m buried in garbage bags. Is there a better way?

A reader wants to get a little of the plastic out of her life. Umbra offers a few tips for reducing refuse.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s the most efficient way to heat and cool my house?

A reader is blowing hot and cold about HVAC systems. Umbra urges him not to vent.

Living

Ask Umbra: How do I convince my boss to start an office recycling program?

A reader is out of sorts about coworkers tossing recyclables in the trash. Umbra has the cure for separation anxiety.

Living

Ask Umbra: Is there really BPA in my recycled toilet paper?

A reader is distraught about the petrochemicals in her paper products. Umbra wipes away her tears.

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