Green Living Tips

Chill your beer without using any electricity

A one that is not cold is scarcely a one at all, but keeping beer frosty on a hot day normally sucks up energy. Not anymore. This ancient innovation uses clay pots, sand, and water to keep stuff cool even …

Grist dared me to make a change

Va-va-vintage: My mom — style maven or hoarder?

The finds from my mom's closet have been so successful that some people think I didn't even have to dig to find them. Oh, I dug. Believe me. I dug.

Green Living Tips

British kids build greenhouse out of plastic bottles

What do you do with the empty plastic bottles that you really shouldn't have been drinking out of, anyway? These British school children spent a year and half collecting 1,500 of them and used the bottles to construct a greenhouse, …


Introducing the world's first compostable bikini

Women hate swimsuit shopping, am I right? And we all know why: Because swimsuits do not disintegrate when buried underground for 180 days. Luckily, designer Linda Loudermilk has come out with the world's first line of compostable swimwear.

Sustainable Food

From nose-to-tail to stem-to-root, tasty ways to reduce food waste now

Worldwide, we waste about one-third of all the food we produce. Help buck the trend by eating more parts of your fruits, veggies, and animals.

Grist dared me to make a change

Va-va-vintage: Running in Suzanne Somers shorts

Remember those really short shorts from the 70s? That's what I wore for running today. I guess I better get comfortable with showing some leg, and fast.

Climate & Energy

DeChristopher sentence: Impressions from Umbra

Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to 2 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. Here are Ask Umbra's courtroom observations.

Grist dared me to make a change

Green party: Rebels with cars

In the days leading up to his first attempt at hosting a party with a small carbon footprint, our host faces a dilemma: Some guests insist on driving.

Business & Technology

Could you use the internet to heat your house?

Servers generate so much heat that they have to be kept in super-cooled rooms, lest the entire Cloud collapse. People's houses need heat, at least in the winter months. Two great tastes that go great together?