Living

Living

Honda Miimo is basically a Roomba for your lawn

Can you imagine just being able to sit around and watch television all weekend on your massive energy-sucking flat screen while someone else niftily, sustainably, mowed your lawn? Someone you didn’t have to pay? Someone you didn’t even have to …

Living

Five reasons to shop at thrift stores

An endless quest for the latest fashion trends is money-draining, space-consuming, wasteful, and takes a toll on the environment. Here's why a shift to thrift is worth it.

Article

Bill Koch is building a cool Wild West town and you can’t come

The billionaire oil magnate's faux town will never be open to the public.

Living

Ask Umbra: Help! I’m in a tight(s) spot

A reader wonders about eco-friendly leggings. Umbra unrolls some no-nonsense advice.

Living

Older boomers help shift driving trends into reverse

Because driving rates peak in midlife, the aging of the baby boom generation will lead to a drop in per-capita driving.

Cities

New York’s bike-sharing program gets bumped to 2013

The mayor blames a software problem. The real issue, as with everything in New York, is the Yankees.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Kiddie pools

Is there a greener alternative to vinyl kiddie pools? Umbra wades in.

Living

Resisting the temptation: The ultimate no-processed-food challenge

According to foodie gospel, processed foods are the product of the Evil Empire. Grist’s green-living pioneer wants to see if she can live without them in even the most difficult situations.

Climate & Energy

The Ocean Health Index will let us measure how horrible we are over time

The global rating of 60 out of 100 barely scratches the surface on the depth of information contained in this new evaluation tool.