Living

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.

crosstown ladies sing this song, do-da, do-da

New Mexico bus opera to give moving performances

The Crosstown #5 bus opera set to debut in Santa Fe will almost certainly be a ride you won't want to miss. Just sit back and let the music move you.

yo, homes, smell you hata

Teens label Abercrombie and Fitch's constant stink 'air pollution'

By maintaining a constant level of cologne sprayed both inside and outside their stores, Abercrombie and Fitch gives everyone the chance to be the prince of a town called Smell-Air.

outsider art

Urban revitalization via art contest in Grand Rapids, Mich.

My interest in the ArtPrize contest underway in Grand Rapids, Mich., stems from this line from Gene Duvernoy: "Cities are what's going to get us out of this mess ... and what makes cities livable is art."