British kids build greenhouse out of plastic bottles

What do you do with the empty plastic bottles that you really shouldn't have been drinking out of, anyway? These British school children spent a year and half collecting 1,500 of them and used the …

Introducing the world's first compostable bikini

Women hate swimsuit shopping, am I right? And we all know why: Because swimsuits do not disintegrate when buried underground for 180 days. Luckily, designer Linda Loudermilk has come out with the world's first line …

Sustainable Food

From nose-to-tail to stem-to-root, tasty ways to reduce food waste now

Worldwide, we waste about one-third of all the food we produce. Help buck the trend by eating more parts of your fruits, veggies, and animals.


Va-va-vintage: Running in Suzanne Somers shorts

Remember those really short shorts from the 70s? That's what I wore for running today. I guess I better get comfortable with showing some leg, and fast.

Climate & Energy

DeChristopher sentence: Impressions from Umbra

Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to 2 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. Here are Ask Umbra's courtroom observations.


Green party: Rebels with cars

In the days leading up to his first attempt at hosting a party with a small carbon footprint, our host faces a dilemma: Some guests insist on driving.

Could you use the internet to heat your house?

Servers generate so much heat that they have to be kept in super-cooled rooms, lest the entire Cloud collapse. People's houses need heat, at least in the winter months. Two great tastes that go great …


Va-va-vintage: An a-Dior-able find

Somebody call the Antiques Roadshow! I found a vintage designer piece in my mom's closet. Blouse goddess, indeed.


Va-va-vintage: My mom, the blouse goddess

Turns out my mom had some beautiful blouses back in the day. Too bad none of her pants or skirts will fit me, other than these blinged-out white jeans.