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Dear Dot: How do I get my household on the eco-bandwagon?

Dear Dot,  I am feeling hopeful. I've dispensed with plastic baggies to preserve food, and upped my game on recycling. I buy organic, and try to get out of the market without too much plastic, and...

Dear Dot: How, eggs-actly, can I support happy hens?

Dear Dot, What is the difference between pasture-raised hens (and therefore eggs), cage-free, or free-run? I want eggs only from the happiest of hens. Rona West Tisbury Dear Rona, Oh, my hen-loving friend … your innocent question has opened up...

Dear Dot: Can I make my car more eco-friendly?

Dear Dot, I can’t afford a new electric vehicle. Is there a way to make my internal combustion engine more energy-efficient? Does it matter what grade fuel I use? Poppy MacCormack Oak Bluffs Dear Poppy, For too long, the notion...

Dear Dot: Climate change is overwhelming. Where do I begin?

Dot tackles your thorniest questions from a perch on her porch. Dear Dot, Where do I start? –Overwhelmed in Edgartown My dear Overwhelmed, In 2004, I had three young children and a nascent awareness that their future on earth, this...

Dear Dot: How can I help the monarch butterflies in my backyard?

Dot tackles your thorniest questions from a perch on her porch. Dear Dot, I was told that monarch butterfly cocoons were developing in the bottlebrush near my house, but this year there were fewer than last year....

Dear Dot: What’s the deal with eco-friendly laundry detergents?

Dot tackles your thorniest questions from a perch on her porch. Dear Dot, Ads for laundry strips have been showing up in my Facebook feed, touting their eco-friendliness. Do they work? Also … what are laundry strips? –The...

Dear Dot: Can I compost coffee and tea?

Dot tackles your thorniest questions from a perch on her porch. Dear Dot, Someone told me that used coffee grounds are really good for my backyard compost. Is that true? Where can I get some? –Tea Drinker, Tisbury Dear...

Dear Dot: How do I reduce my microplastics?

Dot tackles your thorniest questions from a perch on her porch. Dear Dot,  I’ve been reading about the volume of microplastics in our oceans and waterways, and am concerned about what can be done to reduce my...

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A Letter from the Editors of Bluedot Living

For a relative newcomer to Martha’s Vineyard it’s the ocean that dazzles. But spend any time here and you’ll realize that, to longtime Islanders,...

SLIDESHOW: The Art of The Great Ponds

For more great ponds art, join us at Bluedot's event: "The Art of Martha's Vineyard's Great Ponds."

What’s So Bad About … Pavement?

It’s easy to overlook that stuff beneath our feet and our vehicles. But reimagining our paved spaces can go a long way toward not...

Right at Home: The Sun People of Vineyard Haven

Emily and Steve Solarazza are really committed to solar power.  When I walk up to Steve and Emily Solarazza’s 600-square foot Vineyard Haven home on...