Living

the taste you grave

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the noisy packaging.

hugs, not smugs

Will bike for hugs [VIDEO]

Does the sight of swarms of cyclists in your city leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy too?

Carless in Hollywood

'Mad Men' actor chooses transit over driving in autocentric Los Angeles

Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser is a successful actor in Los Angeles who doesn't own a car. He doesn't drive because he wants to interact with others.

raw material

Ask Umbra on turning threadbare clothing into recycled textiles

Ask Umbra answers a practically naked reader's question about how to recycle clothes once they are past the point of no reuse.

The GINK Videos

Self-reliance, population, and bringing children into a troubled world [VIDEO]

Chris Martenson, an evangelizer for self-reliance and resilience, addresses global population growth and other troubling trends in this video.

Breaking kiddiction

Hamburgers are the new heroin [VIDEO]

An intense new video shows kids being turned into junk-food junkies. Plus, parents learn a valuable lesson about serving XXX's and OOO's while trying to Feed the Children.

Travel-size me

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 17: The many uses of baking soda

They say you shouldn't s%&t where you eat, but have you ever considered brushing with what you eat? This week, the Urbivore finds herself on a trip with only an apple and baking soda.

Your roots are showing

Ask Umbra's Book Club announces a field guide to the new American roots movement

Ask Umbra's book club celebrates Americana this month. Join the book club and read United States of Americana this month!

Unfair is unsustainable

Growth won’t make us happy — or more inclined to save the planet

A society with high income inequality is more likely to suffer all manner of social ills, from teenage pregnancy to negative environmental behavior.