11 Apr '12, 2pm

Wow, I Can Compost That? via @Earth911

Hey Mary, while I definitely am in support of composting as much as possible, the office supplies don't really sound like a great idea to me... just because something will break down into particulates in the soil, doesn't necessarily mean you want them in the food chain. To use your image of the pencil for example, which appears to be made in China, not only is the wood dyed, but there is a coating on it as well, which is presumably some enamel or plastic or latex or something along those lines. Furthermore, heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, have been traced in Chinese products, which are surely things you don't want in your soil or veggies. This could be extended to bleaches in paper products and the petroleum derivatives used in inks, etc., etc, none of which are specific to a country, but to the industrialized manufacturing of "goods" these days. My point is not j...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/04/11/wow-i-can-compost-that/

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