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Don't Fence Me In

Which type of fence material is greenest?

A new homeowner needs help deciding which material is best to fence in his yard. Advice maven Umbra Fisk writes a post. Post! Get it? Oh fine: She has some ideas for him.

I Said Good Bidet, Sir

Everybody wipes — so what’s the best method?

How do wet wipes stack up against bidets? A forward-thinking potty user wants to know, and advice maven Umbra Fisk handles the question with due urgency.

Bar None

Can I get drunk without destroying the planet?

A recent trip to New Orleans and Florida has one reader wondering why cocktails are so often served in plastic cups -- and if there's any way to stem this wasteful tide. Advice maven Umbra Fisk bellies up to the …

A Fit of Peak

Is charging my phone at night a smooth environmental move?

When a reader in Connecticut wonders whether it matters what time of day he charges his laptop and phone, advice maven Umbra Fisk powers up a nerd-tastic response.

I Don't Mean to Nag

Should I buy a horsehair mattress?

Let's face it, mattress shopping sucks. But are some options greener than others? Advice maven Umbra Fisk lays down a few important truths.

Det-Urgent Matters

Should I wash my clothes in the shower?

His apartment has no washing machine and he hates the Laundromat -- what to do? Advice maven Umbra Fisk to the rescue!

Contain Your Excitement

What kind of to-go containers should I use at my new restaurant?

A budding eco-restaurateur wonders what her options are for to-go containers, so advice maven Umbra Fisk pulls up a seat at La Table du Leftovers.

Grocery Point Blank

My city banned plastic bags — now where am I supposed to recycle them?

A zealous city banned plastic bags -- then got rid of the bag-recycling bins too. Stuck with a bunch of bags, a reader asks advice maven Umbra Fisk how to handle the situation.

For Those About to Ride, We Sa-Lube You

Is there such a thing as eco-friendly bike lube?

Is bike lube bad for the planet, and is it possible to make your own? Advice maven Umbra Fisk saddles up to help a cyclist from Virginia find out.