Green Living Tips

Thanks to the recession, recycling is booming

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.

Green Living Tips

Burn, baby, burn: Ask Umbra on sun-protective clothing

Do pricy sun-protective garments really do a better job than regular old clothes? Ask Umbra unbuttons the question.

Green Living Tips

Six surprising U.S. cities for a car-free vacation

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.

DuPont herbicide may have caused mysterious tree plague

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.

Green Living Tips

Unwet and wild: Ask Umbra on dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is the latest hair-care craze. Ask Umbra investigates the tangled truth.

Population

It's World Population Day! Celebrate by stealing a baby seat & leaving a condom [VIDEO, NSFW]

If you like lewd, crude overpopulation humor, Doug Stanhope is your man.

World's greenest gym forces patrons to generate their own electricity

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.  

Green Living Tips

Simply groundbreaking: Ask Umbra on green celebrations

One reader thinks a traditional ribbon-cutting just won’t cut it for a green building dedication. Ask Umbra looks into some festive alternatives.

Living

The medium chill

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.

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