A zealous city banned plastic bags -- then got rid of the bag-recycling bins too. Stuck with a bunch of bags, a reader asks advice maven Umbra Fisk how to handle the situation.
When it comes to energy use, are two stories better than one? Advice maven Ask Umbra explores the ups and downs of efficient housing.
Wondering what "eco-friendly" and "natural" really mean on product labels? Advice maven Ask Umbra dusts off a few common terms.
Wondering what 'eco-friendly' and 'natural' really mean on product labels? Advice maven Ask Umbra dusts off a few common terms.
What a year for burning questions! Advice maven Umbra Fisk reviews the top topics that had readers asking for eco-help in 2015 -- and reminds us all of a few ways to live greener.
A frustrated expat writes back home to Ask Umbra how his radiators work. Though she's no building super, she is a super-sleuth -- and she tracks down an answer to help him keep his cool.
You love your Coke, but what's it costing the planet? Among other things, a whole lot of wasted energy. Advice maven Ask Umbra explains.
Sure, there's less BPA in use these days -- but, a reader asks Umbra, what about the plastics that replaced it in our cans and bottle tops?
A reader asks for alternatives to plasticky, over-packaged dental floss. Umbra sinks her teeth into some answers.
Dave from Traverse City asked about the word umbrage. It’s the emotion that erupts when someone feels offended, aggrieved, or insulted. It often appears in the form, “I take umbrage at that.” It comes from the Latin umbra, a shadow.Show More Summary
A reader wonders how much water has been wasted to raise money for ALS. Umbra says it's a drop in the bucket.
A reader threatens to use an air duster to clean her office. "Drop the spray can and step away from the computer," says Umbra. "We don't want anyone to get hurt."
A reader frets that his buying binge could be bad for the planet. Umbra says this three-ring shopping circus can really get you in a bind.
A reader is considering running for the hills following a rash of shootings in his city neighborhood. Umbra breaks down his options.
To stick or non to stick. That is the question. Umbra says 'tis nobler to stick.
Shaving? Waxing? Laser removal? What's an overly hirsute mammal to do? Umbra takes this question on the chin.
A reader wonders about the constant drip from upstairs. Umbra offers a few drops of wisdom.
A reader wonders what to do with the annoying foam padding her purchases. Umbra packs it up, packs it in.
Readers wonder if and where they should toss old pillows. Umbra makes a strong pillowcase.
A reader wonders if there's really pesticide residue on her fresh fruit. Umbra says it's time to break with conventinal.