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Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: What can I do with old CD cases?

A reader wonders what to do with all the CD cases he no longer needs. Umbra has the answers.

Biking

Umbra’s second helpings: Riding your bike to work [VIDEO]

A reader asks about riding her bike to work. Umbra gets wheel.

Living

Stuff it: Test your mettle by giving up shopping

Could you go for an entire month without buying anything new? Follow Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, into the valley of temptation.

Green Home

Origami furniture made from recycled cardboard

Recession got you living in a cardboard box? Take heart: That doesn’t  have to mean missing out on stylish furniture. Karton’s modular, foldable furniture is sturdy (the bed can support almost 2,000 pounds), assembles in minutes, and is made entirely …

Business & Technology

My quest for a family car has ended, and the winner is …

We're sick of our minivan and want something smaller and more fuel-efficient that will fit our whole family (and dog) for our daily city commute. After getting some great advice from Grist readers, we've made our choice.

Solar Power

Solar-powered implants could help blind people see

A new research project from Stanford University bumps solar's do-gooder powers to a whole new level.

Green Home

Chairs and tables that double as indoor gardens

Growing herbs in your backyard or on your roof is all very well and good, if you have a backyard or a roof. But what if you live in a shitty little apartment that doesn’t even have a balcony? Well, …

Living

Elm caretaker to be buried in coffin made from beloved elm

Frank Knight spent decades keeping Herbie, New England’s tallest elm tree, alive. The tree lived for 217 years and under Knight’s care survived 14 bouts of Dutch Elm diseases. Two years ago, the tree had to come down. At the …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: I need a book of eco-tips!

A reader seeks a book's worth of green living advice. Umbra searches the stacks.