11 Jun '12, 1pm

Do We Consume More When Recycling is an Option? New research says yes:

Do We Consume More When Recycling is an Option? New research says yes:

In a new study, participants that knew recycling was an option consumed more paper than those who did not. Photo: Flickr If we have the option to recycle, does that mean we don’t feel the need to reduce or reuse our resources? That’s the conclusion that one recently released University of California, Irvine study found. The study by Jesse R. Catlin and his partner, Yitong Wang of Beijing’s Tsinghua University , suggests that perhaps offering more recycling options isn’t the best way to go about reducing consumption. As outlined in the report, “Recycling Gone Bad: When the Option to Recycle Increases Resource Consumption,” 44 study participants were separated into two groups. Both sets of participants were told to test a “new brand of scissors” using the blank paper in front of them, but one group had a recycling and trash bin in the room and the other group had only a tras...

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