Resources and Advice

Dear Dot: How Can I Recycle Plastic Bags?

Dear Dot,We used to be able to take plastic bags to Stop and Shop...

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...

Dear Dot: Is some organic cotton a scam?

Dear Dot,I recently read an article exposing some of the organic cotton market as...

Room for Change

Room for Change: The Kitchen

Create a kitchen free of clutter — with just the right tools to make great meals.   For most, the kitchen is truly the heart of the house. It is used every day, more often than not many times a day. Sometimes all day. Cooking. Eating. Homework. Ours has also been used for bike repairs, housing baby chicks, plant...

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Which Plants Should I Plant on Martha’s Vineyard?

In her story Making a Garden for Changing Climes, gardener Abigail Higgins outlines the need for a sustainable, resilient property. Here are some resources for getting started: Best Plants for...

Better Laundry, Better Planet

Do Your Laundry with Dropps, and other save-the-planet ideas.  How much laundry do you do? I do too much. While I don’t wash my jeans very often and my sweaters...

Handbook

The Ultimate Simple, Smart, Sustainable Handbook to Martha’s Vineyard

Where (and how) to recycle, compost, volunteer, write your rep, and buy secondhand. RECYCLING All 6 towns have the same rules for what can and can’t...

Favorite Things

Our Favorite Climate Podcasts

2020 was the year climate podcasts went mainstream. Here are our favorites, thanks to our favorite climate newsroom, Grist. New podcasts about our warming planet...

Essays

Tell Me This: Why Would Anyone Litter?

We explore the psychology of those who befoul our beaches and roadways. My husband Chris spent...

Kilo-what? What’s the unit for measuring eco-guilt?

We just got our Capelight Company energy efficiency report. The graphic shows three lines. The...

My Mother the Pinchpenny (and Early Environmentalist)

Her thrifty ways presaged the conservation movement. My mother emerged from the Depression, World War Two,...

The Pleasure Theory

The writer believes joy is an essential element in the health of the planet. Her...
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