Is it OK to pee in the shower? Why is recycled toilet paper so scratchy? Do composting toilets smell bad? These, and other urgent questions, answered by Ask Umbra.
Our beloved advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, reflects on 10 years of sage advice.
It’s probably best not to make all your meals out of pink slime and enriched HFCS, but a word to the wise: “Natural” doesn’t always mean safe.
A writer dreams of someday flushing his toilet with rainwater. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not. His tale of “the regulations, the dreamers, and me.”
The U.S. government owns 200,000 foreclosed homes. And to keep those empty homes looking spiffy for would-be buyers, the government has to keep up appearances — including the appearance of the lawn. As a result, we taxpayers are forking over $40 million for lawn-mowing at these uninhabited houses.
A reader is at a loss for how to toss her battered brain bucket. Umbra, as always, is outspoken.
You know brominated and chlorinated flame retardants are bad when when even Walmart bans them from its products. Unfortunately, some fire codes require them.
Grist’s eco-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, ventures where few have dared to go -- the realm of the porcelain goddess -- and returns with a few tricks you might want to try. But be warned, this is not for the faint of heart.
A reader is finding it hard to part with an aging fridge. Umbra says it’s time to give the appliance the cold shoulder.
We've devised the world's shortest survey to find out what kind of actions our readers are taking. You know you want to.