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Dear Dot is here to answer all your sustainable living questions from her perch on the porch. Got a question for Dot? Send her a note for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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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: 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: 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: 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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Flight School: How to Reduce Your Eco-Impact from Flying

Wondering how to choose an eco-friendly flight? Bluedot Living's Leslie Garrett shares her best tips for greening up your travel game: Fly less. Seriously. When...

In a word: Psychogeology

I cannot offer you a dictionary definition of psychogeology because the word is not in the dictionary. What I can do is tell you...

POLL: Would You Buy Solar from Ikea?

Would you be more likely to purchase solar panels if they were available at a large retailer?IKEA has introduced solar panels in select California markets,...

Dear Dot: Any Ideas for Earth-Friendly Wrapping Paper?

Dear Dot, My 10-year-old daughter is very eco-conscious and doesn’t want her gifts wrapped in anything that isn’t “compostable, recycled, or reusable.” I love the...

Humans in Bird Costumes Bring Whooping Cranes Back to Louisiana’s Wetlands

Eva Szyszkoski grew up on a farm on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where her family always had a brood of chickens. Later, while studying biology...