23 Well-Intentioned Acts That Don't Make Things Better

Look, we get it; everybody, for whatever reason, tries to do some good for our planet. Whether out of self-righteousness or truly noble intentions, the end result is the same: You're really dicking the rest of us over.

How, exactly? Glad you asked!

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Want to save the planet? Use reusable grocery bags. Be prepared to use them a lot. Reusable bags require between 28 and 200 times as much energy to pr

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Instead of a vacation, you should go help out in a third-world country. That is, if you want to do some damage. Squads of well-intended tourists build

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After an oil spill, volunteers scramble to wash oil off birds. Those volunteers do more harm than good. During the Gulf spill, inexperienced cleanup c

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Want to feel better about your gasoline footprint? Try biofuel. Hope you're not a fan of the planet. 90% of biofuel is made with corn ethanol. Growing

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If you buy local, you'll save the energy wasted on transporting food. But growing food is much more wasteful. The thing is, people expect to enjoy the

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23 Well-Intentioned Acts That Don't Make Things Better

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You might feel good about donating to Wounded Warrior Project. WARRIOR COUNDED 8onsi0 PROJECT plrempopund Don't. They'll waste your money. While compa

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Your optician probably asks you to donate your old glasses. Doing SO is useless, at best. Research into the costs of recycling spectacles has shown th

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You might be tempted to pick a charity that has low overhead. Not SO fast. You might assume that having less overhead means a charity is more effectiv

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When you donate, you can earmark your money for a cause. I OCtE Man oueant But you really shouldn't. Charity funding tends to be a lot like high schoo

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In 2005, England launched the Beat Bullying campaign. BLLLYINC BEAT And a bunch of kids got bullied. The problem was, the bright blue Beat Bullying wr

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Nebraska's safe-haven law applied to any child up to age 18. NO YES So parents started dumping their teens. The idea behind safe-haven laws is that ra

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What could be healthier and more natural than bamboo clothing? A lot of things, it turns out. In order to turn them into textiles, bamboo materials fi

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Worried about landfills? Buy some green disposable diapers. Nouveau HUGGIES DLAPERS COUCHES PANALES pure & natural organic cotton coton bio algodon

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Buying organic food sounds healthy and good for the planet. Surprisingly, it isn't. Not only is there no evidence to support the idea that organically

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Hybrid cars are fuel-efficient and better for the environment. Except when they don't save fuel or the planet. Putting aside the environmental damage

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You might be tempted to send supplies when there's a disaster. Emergency workers call that the second disaster. After the Sandy Hook school shooting

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We tried teaching schoolkids to Just Say No to drugs. DARE TO RESIST DRUGS It made them more likely to use drugs. Drug Abuse Resistance Education, o

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If you want to kill germs, you use antibacterial soap. Spasoap Liquid Soap Antibacterial But using it leads to stronger germs. The problem is, antibac

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Some parents think vaccines are unhealthy for their kids. Not only is that wrong, it's dangerous. If you've heard that vaccines cause autism, you've h

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You might feel the urge to donate blood after an emergency. But that leads to shortages later. Donated blood only lasts for 42 days before it has to b