Green Living Tips

Here’s just how filthy that beach water is

the NRDC's annual "Testing the Waters" report should make your July 4th holiday a bit nerve-wracking.

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Wool balls keep your laundry soft, and maaaaybe save energy

When I was taught to do laundry, I was told that a Bounce dryer sheet went into the dryer with every load of wet clothes. But the green-minded among us have come up with a better solution to keeping your clothes static-free and soft (without involving PVC in the process): wool dryer balls. Get a few of these thingies, and you will not need to buy dryer sheets for years. You can even make your own, with minimum craftiness required. The companies that make balls like these claim that they save energy, too, which would be great if it were …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: What’s up with those ‘DO NOT EAT’ packets in shoeboxes and pill bottles?

A reader wonders what to do with those silica gel packs that come with vitamins and shoes. Umbra offers her a chill pill.

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Umbra’s second helpings: Keeping your cool without air-conditioning

A reader wonders about the best ways to beat the heat. Umbra has plenty of suggestions for this hot topic.

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Good clean fun: Can green gadgets replace the washing machine?

Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, tries her hand -- literally -- at skipping the resource-guzzling washer and dryer.

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Ask Umbra: How can I get my neighbors to stop spraying pesticides?

A reader's garden has been poisoned by her spray-happy neighbors. Umbra offers ways to help them catch the drift.

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Dress shirt uses spacesuit technology to keep you dry on your bike commute

You know how you don’t bike to work because you get hot and sweaty and gross? A group of MIT graduates has stolen that excuse. They copied technology from spacesuits and used it to make what BikeBlogNYC has rightly dubbed “the TANG of dress shirts” — a sharp-looking top that regulates your body heat. No sweaty pit spots! No overheating before your meeting! Now helmet up. The shirt’s called the Apollo shirt, because it’s space technology and presumably also makes you look like a Greek god. The creators, whose company is called the Ministry of Supply, say that it pulls …

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Umbra’s second helpings: How to recycle beer bottles with limes

Can you recycle beer bottles with lime wedges? Umbra tosses back an answer.

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Canadian high-schooler makes her own graduation dress out of old homework

Kara Koskowich is going to take the world by storm. Girlfriend just graduated from high school in Canada, and instead of shelling out for a fancy graduation dress, she decided to reuse old homework and post-it notes to make one herself: The dress took almost 75 pieces of paper to make, Koskowich said. She started back in March but, in true teenage style, finished it the night before she needed to wear it. She also broke her sewing machine in the process of putting it together and had to hand stitch the last bits.

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