Living

Living

Biodegradable slippers are the new creepy toe shoes (we hope)

I’m pretty sure this is the ultimate eco-product: a biodegradable shoe modeled after the Amazonian practice of painting resin onto one’s feet to protect them. Should you invest in these lovelies? Let us examine the advantages and disadvantages. Advantages: You …

Living

Indian man single-handedly plants hundreds of acres of forest

In the northern Indian province of Assam, there's a forest named after one man — not a politician, or a historical hero, but a guy who lives there today. It's named after him because he planted most of its 1,360 …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: When should an old refrigerator be replaced?

A reader is finding it hard to part with an aging fridge. Umbra says it’s time to give the appliance the cold shoulder.

Green Home

FDA on BPA: We need more time to think

In their belated response to a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Food and Drug Administration says it refuses to ban the chemical.

Population

Easy, reversible, 100 percent effective birth control is for men only

One of the best things we can do for the planet is stop putting new humans on it, which means promoting safe and effective birth control for people who want to keep their offspring levels between zero and “get that, …

Animals

Wilderness therapist: Good job or BEST job?

Wilderness therapy involves taking kids out into nature. Which, some studies suggest, is not only beneficial for children with difficulties like ADHD, but might actually be necessary for most of us to remain productive and functional human beings.

Green Home

This house is so tiny, it’s practically two-dimensional

Here's a house that's like a wall with some empty spaces in which you can eat, cook, and sleep.

Cleantech

Would you like a bamboo keyboard? Of course you would

The iZen bamboo keyboard is 92 percent bamboo, because normally keyboards are made from plastic, and plastic is made from oil and we'd rather not.

Cities

Photos of students with all their possessions show how to live with less

Like their American counterparts, the current generation of Swedish teenagers is the first since the Great Depression to be financially worse off than their parents. Unstable employment opportunities have turned them into nomads who have to live light to get …