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Dear Dot: How Do I Dispose of Cooking Oils?

Dear Dot,  I recently read an article about “fatbergs” in our sewers and I’m afraid I might have been part of the problem. I’m wondering what is the best way to dispose of cooking oil? —Concerned Cook,...

Dear Dot: I Need a Deck Discussion

Dot discusses decks from her deck.

Dear Dot: How Do I Find Sustainable Coffee?

Dear Dot,Coffee, how do I choose? It says locally brewed but does that mean it’s better for the environment? What do all those labels mean? What should I look for?–Curious Coffee Connoisseur Dear Triple C, I, too,...

Dear Dot: Why Aren’t Electric Vehicle Chargers Universal?

Dear Dot, I read in Bluedot Living (Cruising with Currier, Spring 2022) that Tesla plans to open its charging stations to electric vehicles that aren’t Teslas. I drive a Volvo plug-in hybrid and have discovered on...

Dear Dot: Why Can’t I Compost Certain Foods?

Dear Dot, Why can’t you compost cheese, yogurt, or meat?  —Nina Maruca, via email Dear Nina, I am meticulous about clearing my plate. Even so, the occasional meat scrap or piece of cheese evades my stomach. And I feel...

Dear Dot: How Can I Recycle Plastic Bags?

Dear Dot,We used to be able to take plastic bags to Stop and Shop . Is there any other option locally? Stop and Shop stopped taking them.—Jana Bertkau Dear Jana,The eldest of my Young Dots recently...

Dear Dot: Is It Time to Ditch Diamond Engagement Rings?

Dear Dot, My longtime partner and I are planning to get married. I don’t usually go for a lot of the conventional stuff but we have decided to give each other rings. I’ve heard some nasty...

Dear Dot: Is some organic cotton a scam?

Dear Dot,I recently read an article exposing some of the organic cotton market as fraudulent. I want to do the right thing but I don’t want to support the bad guys. What should I look...

Dear Dot: Compost or Recycle Paper and Cardboard?

Dear Dot, In my town, we have curbside paper/cardboard recycling, but we also have municipal composting that accepts paper/cardboard. Is it better to recycle paper or compost it? —Nikki Dear Nikki, When I first considered your question, I...

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Right at Home: Two Sisters Build Green

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Room for Change: Rugs

I have never liked wall-to-wall carpeting. But a night on the carpet of the Delhi airport sealed the deal. I landed in Delhi around...

Wild Caught: There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea Surrounding M.V.

“My grandfather built this boat in the mid to late ’30s,” says Denny Jason, Jr., a second-generation fisherman, standing next to The Little Lady,...

RECIPE: Black Sea Bass Piccata

For more information on sourcing fresh local fish, and more recipes, check out "Wild Caught." Eating fish that are plentiful and in season goes a...

RECIPE: Sea Scallops with Parsnip Puree and Herbs

For more information on sourcing fresh local fish, and more recipes, check out "Wild Caught." Pristine sea scallops arrive at Vineyard fish docks daily, caught...