A few years ago, the only people who came in to Alliance Recycling in Emeryville, Calif., were were pushing shopping carts. Now, the same center is seeing people pull up in late model cars.
Do pricy sun-protective garments really do a better job than regular old clothes? Ask Umbra unbuttons the question.
Where should you take your next car-free getaway? These six cities may not boast mass transit systems like New York's, but they do have what it takes to make discovering their best features an easy, fun, and affordable experience without a car.
Millions of dollars worth of spruce and pine trees across the country have mysteriously withered and died in the past few months. The likely culprit is an herbicide marketed as a way to control lawn pests like dandelions. The herbicide is Imprelis, a new product from DuPont. It was supposed to be better for the environment than its predecessors and has been sold at a premium to professional landscapers. DuPont claims it "may not have been mixed properly or was applied with other herbicides." Landscapers just want to know if they're going to have to pay to replace the trees that died on their watch.
Dry shampoo is the latest hair-care craze. Ask Umbra investigates the tangled truth.
If you like lewd, crude overpopulation humor, Doug Stanhope is your man.
A gym in Portland, Oregon (where else?) claims to produce 36 percent of its electricity from a combination of solar panels and special exercise bicycles that transform patrons’ exertions into electricity.
One reader thinks a traditional ribbon-cutting just wonâ€™t cut it for a green building dedication. Ask Umbra looks into some festive alternatives.
Step off the aspirational treadmill and forego some material opportunities in exchange for more time to spend enjoying the things that make for a good life.