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Ask Umbra: What should I do with my nasty old pillows?

Readers wonder if and where they should toss old pillows. Umbra makes a strong pillowcase.

Ask Umbra: Are organic cherries worth the extra expense?

A reader wonders if there's really pesticide residue on her fresh fruit. Umbra says it's time to break with conventinal.

Ask Umbra: What’s a girl to do with soap that’s full of plastic microbeads?

A reader says she's stuck with some unwanted exfoliant. Umbra helps her shed a few bottles of bubbles.

Ask Umbra: Can I survive in the city with just a bike?

A reader wonders whether she can ditch her car. Umbra offers some wheely good advice.

Ask Umbra: Is it safe to water veggies from my rain barrels?

A reader wonders if he can use rain barrel water for his garden. Umbra collects her thoughts.

Ask Umbra: What is the greenest party-drink vessel of all?

Cups or cans? That is the question. To which Umbra replies: "Neither."

Ask Umbra: Is it safe to use newspaper as garden mulch?

A reader frets about dioxins in his topsoil. It's a dirty question, but somebody's got to answer it.

Ask Umbra: How can I find a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t suck (electricity)?

A reader wonders how to keep his floors clean in the greenest manner possible. Umbra gets swept up in the possibilities.

Ask Umbra: Why is my face scrub full of tiny plastic beads?

A reader is having a hard time finding fish-friendly exfoliants. Umbra says therein lies the rub.

Ask Umbra: Which is lighter on the land, wild game or farmed meat?

A reader is searching for the most eco-friendly flesh. Umbra chews on the alternatives.

Ask Umbra: I’m buried in garbage bags. Is there a better way?

A reader wants to get a little of the plastic out of her life. Umbra offers a few tips for reducing refuse.

Ask Umbra: What’s the most efficient way to heat and cool my house?

A reader is blowing hot and cold about HVAC systems. Umbra urges him not to vent.

Ask Umbra: How do I convince my boss to start an office recycling program?

A reader is out of sorts about coworkers tossing recyclables in the trash. Umbra has the cure for separation anxiety.

Ask Umbra: Is there really BPA in my recycled buttwipe?

A reader is distraught about the petrochemicals in her paper products. Umbra wipes away her tears.

Ask Umbra: Which are greener, cartons or cans?

A reader has a container conundrum. Umbra sends her packing.

Ask Umbra: Are dogs born to poop wild?

A reader wonders if he can leave his pup's poop on the nature trail. Umbra digs up the evidence.

Ask Umbra: How can I make the world a greener, funnier place?

A reader wonders how to support his favorite news site. Umbra advises the green stuff.

Ask Umbra: How can I green my candle habit?

Readers want more environmentally friendly candles. Umbra waxes poetic.

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