26 Dec '11, 11am

Ask Umbra: Compost or recycle? Eco-UGGs? Kettle battle? And more

Ask Umbra: Compost or recycle? Eco-UGGs? Kettle battle? And more

A well-timed question, since the holidays leave us awash in a sea of paper. Isn't it skin-tingling to have two good alternative ends for these products? Composting and recycling are both fine options, and you should probably do a little of each if you can -- but recycling boasts a slight edge. When we recycle paper, we help prevent old-growth trees from being cut down willy-nilly, and we support an energy-saving industry. According to our friends at Earth911 , making recycled paper "uses 80 percent less water, 65 percent less energy and produces 95 percent less air pollution than virgin paper production." So recycle! But when you are faced with non-recyclable or soiled paper, toss it in the bin with the broccolini stems -- here's a good overview of how paper can help your compost [PDF]. Whatever you do, don't put your pages in the circular file.

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