Dear Umbra, My friends and I consume a fair amount of beer, and we're wondering: What's worse for the environment, buying beer in cans or in bottles? KellyManitoba, Canada Dearest Kelly, Thank you for giving me a reason to look up the Earth's mineral-reserves map in my atlas. I've learned fascinating things about aluminum and glass and discussed the whole matter with lifecycle analysis experts and recycling folks (including my pal Peke the recycling expert, who just biked over in freezing weather; let us all be inspired by Peke). The clear answer is: Drink locally bottled beer in glass bottles …
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