growing lanes

Bike trail being paved with asphalt made from plants instead of oil

Chris Williams of Iowa U. has cooked up a bio-oil from plants that can replace the asphalt glue that holds our pavement together -- Bioasphalt.

are we dreaming?

D'juno actress Ellen Page wants to plant an idea in your head?

We don't usually include earnest video pleas among the usual snark of The Grist List, but for the adorable actress Ellen Page, we'll make an inception to the rule. Watch her video message!

reinventing the hamster wheel

American overwork and German “short work”

The German concept of Kurzarbeit, or "short work," encourages employers to reduce hours rather than lay workers off when business is slow.

the taste you grave

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the …

hugs, not smugs

Will bike for hugs [VIDEO]

Does the sight of swarms of cyclists in your city leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy too?

Carless in Hollywood

'Mad Men' actor chooses transit over driving in autocentric Los Angeles

Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser is a successful actor in Los Angeles who doesn't own a car. He doesn't drive because he wants to interact with others.

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.