Yolanda Crous

Yolanda Crous is a Grist contributing writer based in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Don't hate the player, hate the game

Practice your politics with the BBC’s Climate Challenge

The climate is in crisis. The world is a mess. Think things would be better if you ruled the universe (or at least a developed nation)? Here's your chance to test out that theory. Play …

Ode to olive oil soap

The lazy girl’s (and guy’s) secret to toxin-free moisturizing

No, that's not an overstatement, and, no, I don't have secret stock in some Greek olive oil soap manufacturer (though come to think of it, that's not a bad idea). What I do have is …

Sting along

Oh, Sting. How I love thee and thy ageless, yoga-chiseled physique. And now that I'm older and grateful for any sane voice that rises above the usual blah-blah-blah media clamor, I also relish your tireless …

Ole smokes!

Mexican wrestler dons an eco-justice cape

I know nothing about Mexico's wrestling league -- except that it's the kind of alternate universe where a man in a cape and a silver mask can stand up for eco-justice and not get laughed …

Letter to Leonardo

Better be ready to prove your eco-cred

Dear Leonardo, You own a hybrid. You talked up global warming on Oprah. And last week, you stepped up to the Oscar mic with Al Gore. But I wonder if you have any idea how …

Mirror mirror on the wall ...

Presenting the world’s most ungreen celebs

Who's the ungreenest of them all? Looks like it's David and Victoria Beckham, who apparently own four homes, 15 cars, and -- like any celeb couple worth its salt -- travel thousands of miles by …

Conserving a cuppa

Talk about calling the kettle green

Ever since I read the recent Ask Umbra on the most environmentally friendly ways to boil water, I've been rethinking my tea-making strategy. At present, I'm a practitioner of the stovetop method, but lately I've …

A clean, green, dishwashing machine

Green diswasher detergents compare well with conventional brands

After a long week of paper writing and spreadsheet wrestling, I've got a looot of dishes to do this weekend. Good thing Consumer Reports decided to issue their list of the best dishwasher detergents this …

Vroom for improvement

Tips on being a green driver

I haven't had a car for 11 years. Not because I'm particularly virtuous, but because I moved to Manhattan where there's, um, no place to park one. But my identity as car owner did not …