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It’s even in gum!: Tips on avoiding plastic from expert Beth Terry

Author Beth Terry talks about plastic-free living, why the proposed alternatives to BPA might be worse, and the connection between cutting out plastic and building a local economy.

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.

Living

Magical tree tunnel was carved out by a train

In Klevan, Ukraine, this two-mile long tunnel of trees was formed when the vegetation grew around the path of a regularly passing train. Locals calls this beautiful and romantic place the Tunnel of Love. Even …

Video

Dear god, this insane old nature show is amazing

Man, you know when you’re eating lunch at a rest stop and you get up to follow a raccoon, and he goes through this doorway standing in the middle of nowhere, and then BOOM! Eye …

Living

H & Ahem: Cheap clothing hurts the planet, the economy, and your style

We are drowning in cheap clothes, says Elizabeth Cline. The author talks about the fashion industry's big problems -- and why the solutions are more fun than a trip to Forever 21, anyway.

Population

Crowd control: 7 billion people. One last chance to save the planet

Renowned biologist Paul Ehrlich talks about the population problem, the “gibbering idiots” who think he’s wrong, and why we’re incapable of coping with slow-rolling environmental catastrophes.

Living

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 …

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.

Green Living Tips

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.