Green Living Tips

My quest for a family car has ended, and the winner is …

We're sick of our minivan and want something smaller and more fuel-efficient that will fit our whole family (and dog) for our daily city commute. After getting some great advice from Grist readers, we've made our choice.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: I need a book of eco-tips!

A reader seeks a book's worth of green living advice. Umbra searches the stacks.

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Giving green wedding presents without looking weird

Finding a good, green wedding present can be quite the commitment. Umbra vows to help out.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: How do I avoid cheap plastic spray bottles?

A reader says she’s littering the planet with her discarded spritzers. Umbra gets all misty eyed.

Biking

Umbra’s second helpings: Keeping your skirt out of your bike chain

Concerned that your frills could get hung up in the works? Our beloved eco-advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, is here to help.

Sustainable Business

Budget-friendly hotel chains also have the smallest carbon footprints

When choosing an environmentally friendly hotel chain, the best indicator probably isn’t whether the place asks you to hang up your towels if you don’t want them replaced each day. According to a new analysis [PDF] by sustainability company Brighter Planet, budget and mid-range hotels tend to produce the least carbon per room. Topping the list are Vagabond Inn, Red Lion Hotels, and Red Carpet Inns. Travelodge comes in fourth. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but if you want to aim for carbon-friendliness, budget chains are likely the best option: The top performer in the high-end range, Four …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra at 10: Warm, weird anniversary wishes from our readers

As our beloved eco-advice columnist Umbra Fisk celebrates her 10th anniversary, an outpouring, nay, a veritable green tsunami of love letters rolls into the office. Rest assured that the feeling is mutual.

Green Living Tips

10 green topics worth losing sleep over

Sage advice on cloth vs. disposable diapers, vampire appliances, toxic shower curtains, and more -- all from Grist’s beloved Umbra Fisk, who celebrates 10 years of doling out tips on eco-friendly livin'.

Green Living Tips

The 10 weirdest eco-questions on the planet

Are condoms recyclable? Do hot air balloons hurt the environment? What is the half-life of glitter? Seriously folks, where do you come up with this stuff?

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