Grist dared me to make a change

Trashtivist: Percy goes to the dump

The heaviest thing so far in my garbage bag is Percy. Poor, corroded Percy. You were a good train, but now it's time for the landfill.


Jail time for gardening: Now officially a trend

Hey, remember the woman threatened with 93 days in jail for growing a garden in her front yard? She could have a cellmate! Dirk Becker of Lantzville, British Columbia turned his scraped-dry gravel pit of a property into a thriving …

Grist dared me to make a change

25 days of dares: Teens and sunscreens

For the first week of my dare-a-day challenge, I planted peas, spoke to some very smart young people and greened up my sunscreen.

Green Living Tips

Six surprising U.S. cities for a car-free vacation

Where should you take your next car-free getaway? These six cities may not boast mass transit systems like New York's, but they do have what it takes to make discovering their best features an easy, fun, and affordable experience without …

Business & Technology

Passive house mini-boom in NYC heralds furnace-free future

New York City and the rest of the tri-state area are getting their first wave of "passive houses," a type of construction in which a building is so well-insulated that it doesn't require heating in the winter.

Grist dared me to make a change

Va-va-vintage: Raiding Mom's closet

The most sustainable new outfit is one that isn't new at all. That's why Grist dared me to wear my mom's 1970s-era clothes for a week. Hello, bellbottoms!

Grist dared me to make a change

Plastic purge: The great plasticky outdoors

A look inside my closet reveals that all of the hobbies I love -- trail running, skiing, biking -- involve plastic. Damn it.


Cut trash with tiny trash cans

We tend to associate the "everything bigger" approach with wastefulness -- oversized cars guzzle gas, McMansions drive up electricity bills, 72-ounce challenge steaks never get fully eaten. So it makes sense to think that downsizing trash cans might help downsize …

Climate & Energy

Zero-energy lighting for poor communities requires only water and bleach

It can get pretty dark under the corrugated metal roofs of Manila’s slums. Millions of families in the Philippines go without electric light, and those who have it can be at risk of fires from faulty wiring. But thanks to …