Green Living Tips

Green Living Tips

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

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


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 …

Climate Change

‘Himalayan Viagra’ is going extinct

A parasitic caterpillar fungus that grows in the Himalayas has many names, according to Scientific American — yarsagumba, yarchagumba, yartsa gunba, yatsa gunbu. But we are only going to remember one name: Himalayan Viagra. This fungus, which leeches off of …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Is my single-serve coffeemaker wasteful?

A reader frets about his caffeine-delivery equipment. Umbra gives him a dose of reality.

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Untangling the garden hose problem

A reader wonders how to find a hose that's not made of PVC plastics. Umbra's not going to water down this answer.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Are we about to wreck space, too?

A reader asks if it’s ethical to mine asteroids. Umbra takes us on a voyage of discovery.

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Staying green with sunscreen

How can you prevent turning red while staying green? Umbra takes on this burning issue.

Green Living Tips

Resisting the splurge: The travails of an urban hunter-gatherer

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, quit shopping, cold turkey, for a month. Well, almost. What do you think -- in the No New Stuff challenge, did she pass or fail?

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Is it ‘cheating’ to ride an electric bike?

A reader thinks a motorized bicycle would make riding easier, but it feels like cheating. Umbra makes the call.