Nature Recycles

photo of plants rotting Our environment contains a limited amount of the nutrients that are necessary for life. These nutrients are "locked up" inside living things. Decay is nature's way of "unlocking" nutrients, and recycling them over and over again.
Photo courtesy of Rodale Stock Images.

Rotten Truth:
Because we don't like to watch (or smell) things decomposing, we sometimes have a bad habit of getting in the way of nature's recycling process (like when we put grass clippings into plastic bags and ship them to a landfill instead of adding them to a compost heap). If nothing were recycled, ultimately, all the nutrients would be used up, and there would be nothing left for new life.


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