"The composting practice is extremely personally satisfying to me, despite the fact that — as mentioned initially — I have no idea how it works, biologically speaking. The satisfaction is due to a life motto — devised with my colleague Amelia Urry — that applies to so many eco-friendly lifestyle choices:

“Sometimes, you have to be a weirdo.”

It is pretty weird to take joy in putting onion skins in a can, and then depositing the contents of that can into a larger receptacle! But the utility in knowing you’re sending those onion skins to some more productive life than a landfill is extremely gratifying."