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.

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Ask Umbra: How do I know if my local swimming hole is safe?

A reader wonders if it's OK for her kids to dip into a nearby river. Umbra gets testy.

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Ask Umbra: Is it OK to lather up in the lake with biodegradable soap?

A reader thinks he's found the perfect suds for outdoor scrubbing. Umbra says bubbles belong in the bath.

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Ask Umbra: How do I wipe out a yard full of weeds?

A reader says her yard has turned into a little shop of horrors. Umbra helps her seymour of the forest through the weeds.

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Ask Umbra: Good gracious, is there lead in my fine china?

A reader isn’t sure what to do with her antique dinnerware. Umbra nixes food on the china.

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Ask Umbra: Is it OK to recycle bottles that have been full of chemicals?

A reader wonders if motor oil and cleaners could contaminate her recycling. Umbra can hardly container self.

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Ask Umbra: So even BPA-free plastic is poisonous now?

Scientists have found that even "safe" plastic sippy cups will leach hormone disrupting chemicals into your kids' milk. Umbra flips her lid.

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Ask Umbra: Should I trade my big home in for a tiny house?

A reader wonders if a new tiny home would be greener than her old house. Umbra squeezes in an answer.

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Ask Umbra: Are chemicals in my garden hose polluting my veggies?

A reader frets about nasties that cause endocrine disruption and liver toxicity. Umbra tells her to keep her coil.

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Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest way to re-side my house?

A reader wonders if polypropylene paneling is any better than vinyl. Umbra thinks outside the box.

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