Green washing: Learn what all those tiny laundry symbols mean

Clothing lasts longer if you know how to take care of it, but plenty of people can't even decode the runes on the tags. No longer: We submit the Rosetta Stone for decoding laundry labels. Learn it, save your clothes, …


This plugin keeps baby pics off your Facebook by replacing them with bacon or cats

Are you childfree, anti-population-growth, or just an STFU Parents fan? will get rugrats off your social media feeds for good, and replace them with pictures of kittens, puppies, bacon, swimsuit models, or whatever you want. Here’s how it works: …


Here’s the real story behind this see-through hermit crab

This awesome photo of a hermit crab in a glass shell has been going around the internet, attached to a story about New Zealand scientists using the glass shells to lay bare the crabs’ inner workings. Which leaves out the …


What to do when an elephant crashes your pool party

How cool would it be to catch an elephant wandering up to your pool and checking out the scene? And how terrifying would it be if you were actually in the pool, the size of which would not accommodate both …


These artists print photographs onto living grass

Usually when you say an artist is "into grass," it's because you're in your 60s and use outdated drug slang. But artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey honestly do amazing things with grass, i.e. the plant people make lawns out …


Here’s a tiny greenhouse for your tiny home

There’s no reason that your tiny house should mean you have to sacrifice the luxuries that make great spaces. May we recommend this tiny greenhouse to go in your tiny house?


Feminist funnywoman Caitlin Moran says the planet doesn’t need your babies

The "British Tina Fey" makes the best case you've ever read for not having kids. And for feminism too.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Can I reuse the water from my dehumidifier?

A reader asks if she can drink the water from her dehumidifier. Umbra helps clear the air.


You look great in green: Clothing industry gets a makeover, maybe

Big retail companies -- from Adidas to Walmart -- are taking a deep look at the environmental impacts of their products.