It Shouldn’t Cost the Earth

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Dear Mabel, Saving the environment seems really expensive. Big ticket items like solar panels or home improvements are well out of my budget and even smaller changes aren’t easy. What can I do that literally won’t cost me any money? … Continued

Keeping the Heat In

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A reader asks: How do I make the best choices when it comes to home improvements and renovations for energy efficiency? A: There are many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. So many, in fact, that we will break … Continued

What Not to Wear

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A reader asks: There have been numerous articles in the news about how much water is required to grow and produce cotton cloth. I am wondering which clothing materials use the least resources and would be considered ‘green’ in terms … Continued

Who doesn’t love to party?

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A reader asks: What are some options for eco-friendly party decor for kids and adults? So much of those supplies just end up in the garbage.   A. Sometimes one-time events like parties or weddings or Christmas tend to fly … Continued

Clothing Conundrum

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Q. Clothing Conundrum. I’m never sure what to do with ripped or stained clothing. I use some for household rags, but I don’t need all of them. Is there somewhere to donate clothing which is no longer fit for wearing? … Continued

Welcome to Dear Mabel!

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Dear Mabel is an advice column for your environmental problems and dilemmas. If you want to know how to set up a composter, what flowers are best for bees, where to recycle fluorescent light bulbs or anything else related to our … Continued