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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.

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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 better solution to keeping your …

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.

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Giant fish made of plastic bottles make Rio+20 look like Burning Man

What does the Rio+20 conference have in common with Burning Man? Apparently, the fact that you might encounter weird, large-scale art made of recycled materials. These fish, made from discarded bottles, grace the Botafogo beach near the conference. From certain …

Living

Ikea won’t tell where it gets its wood — and Congress is about to give it a pass

Particleboard is the furniture equivalent of mystery meat -- and Ikea, which in the past has been a leader in responsible wood sourcing, is helping keep it that way.

Population

Why women’s needs must be part of the conversation at Rio

Increasing women's reproductive freedom is crucial to building a more sustainable world. So why are their needs largely being ignored at the Earth Summit?

Green Living Tips

Good clean fun: Can green gadgets replace the washing machine?

Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, tries her hand -- literally -- at skipping the resource-guzzling washer and dryer.