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

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.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s a girl to do with soap that’s full of plastic microbeads?

A reader says she's stuck with some unwanted exfoliant. Umbra helps her shed a few bottles of bubbles.

Living

Ask Umbra: Can I survive in the city with just a bike?

A reader wonders whether she can ditch her car. Umbra offers some wheely good advice.

Living

Ask Umbra: Is it safe to water veggies from my rain barrels?

A reader wonders if he can use rain barrel water for his garden. Umbra collects her thoughts.

Living

Ask Umbra: What is the greenest party-drink vessel of all?

Cups or cans? That is the question. To which Umbra replies: "Neither."

Living

Ask Umbra: Should I find a rideshare for my trip — or just go Greyhound?

A reader wants to know the best option for a short trip. Umbra buckles up.

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.