Sierra magazine's inside look at everyday objects.
The Hidden Life of House Paint (March/April 2005)
There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to spruce up lifeless rooms. But there's more to consider than color and finish if you want to minimize environmental and health concerns and maximize delight in your new decor.
The Hidden Life of Clothing (July/August 2004)
Even environmentalists like to look good. But being well-clad and conscientious takes smart shopping.
The Hidden Life of Batteries (November/December 2003)
Modern consumers expect to be able to talk on the phone, listen to music, and compose e-mails far from the tyranny of outlets and extension cords. But this electronic freedom has its environmental price.