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.
A reader says she's stuck with some unwanted exfoliant. Umbra helps her shed a few bottles of bubbles.
A reader wonders whether she can ditch her car. Umbra offers some wheely good advice.
A reader wonders if he can use rain barrel water for his garden. Umbra collects her thoughts.
Cups or cans? That is the question. To which Umbra replies: "Neither."
A reader wants to know the best option for a short trip. Umbra buckles up.
A reader wonders how far recycled paper can go. Umbra delivers.
A reader frets about dioxins in his topsoil. It's a dirty question, but somebody's got to answer it.