Living

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 …

Pollution

Raging hormone disruptors: Common chemicals cause trouble even in small amounts

BPA in water bottles and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals in everyday products pose big risks, according to a major new paper.

Green Home

Your next house could be made of pot

This North Carolina house is made of eco-friendly hemp-based bricks, and the company that makes them wants to start building a similar house in California. Throw in a natty hemp suit and Cheech and Chong’s marijuana-resin car, and you’ve got …

Living

Ryan Gosling wants you to recycle

Hey girl, are you tired of the Ryan Gosling “hey girl” meme yet? Haha, LIAR. You’re not, and DoSomething.org knows you’re not, and that’s why they’re using Ryan’s handsome mug to get you to recycle.

Living

Ask Umbra: Are coffee cups recyclable?

A reader wonders why she can recycle milk and juice cartons, but not coffee cups. Umbra can hardly container self.

Living

Prevent furniture fires: Get the killer chemicals out of your couch

A new proposal would upgrade an outdated furniture flammability standard, replacing nasty fire retardants with healthy, eco-friendly products. Bonus: They’re actually better at preventing fires.

Cities

Wooden skyscrapers are like log cabins on steroids

When most folks think “wooden building,” they conjure up images of rustic log cabins or ye olde fashioned outhouses. Architect Michael Green wants to whittle something decidedly more modern out of wood: skyscrapers.