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Five Ways You’re Doing Eco-Activism Wrong

We’d like to think that going green is always about fun times and unicorns and rainbows, but the sad truth is, environmentalism can blow up in our faces pretty easily.


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Bad things often happen with the best of intentions in mind, and with that being said, here are five ways you’re doing it wrong.

5. Waterless Bathroom Urinals Cause Overflows (Of Pee)


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This is one area of everyday life where water is actually pretty necessary. Sure, you might think that conserving water by installing a “New! Hip! Eco-Friendly!” waterless urinal is the eco conscious way to go, but soon you’ll have some very unhappy customers who enter the bathroom and (gross alert) slip on liquid waste.

You’re better leaving this facet of modern living alone.

4. Your Compost Bin Can Spontaneously Combust


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Now, we’re not saying you shouldn’t compost. Quite the contrary, actually, as composting is a great way to recycle and put scraps to good use as food for animals, your garden, etc. However, we urge you to check what you’re placing in your compost bin and clean it out from time to time.

Things like banana peels, apple skins, old carrots, etc aren’t going to blow up right away. However, if you dump a pile of scraps in the bin and leave them there for a lengthy period of time, bacteria will begin growing, and heating up the core temperature, and increasing the chances of a combustion. You’ve been warned.

3. LED Light Bulbs Can Cause Car Accidents


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L.E.D. bulbs are a great way to save money and energy around the home, however, it’s best to leave them out of your car. These lights burn brighter than traditional lights, which means you’re actually blinding every driver who passes you on the highway.

A blinded driver and a sharp bend are not a good combination, therefore, stick with the traditional bulbs for now.

2. Eco Windows Can Literally Set Your Neighbor’s House On Fire


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This is where the “best intentions” argument rears its ugly head. Certain kinds of eco-friendly windows are created to reflect light from your home, which sounds good in practice, but is actually terrible in real life. If your windows are designed in close proximity to other buildings, cars, dry trees, etc, you’re in danger of setting the place on fire.

The sun turns that reflection into a laser, and increases the heat of whatever the light is reflected towards, i.e. your neighbor’s brand new metal siding. You’re much better off waiting for these e-windows to hit the market, as they don’t transform your home into a mini-Death Star.

1. Using Ethanol As A Fuel Source


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Having a Flex Fuel vehicle is wonderful during times when gas prices skyrocket. It’s getting to the point nowadays where you can almost save $1 per gallon of gas using biofuels because of Big Oil’s greedy pockets. What you might not realize is that the ethanol you’re placing in your gas tank is actually doing the environment a tremendous amount of harm.

The process to create ethanol causes massive erosion, uses up acres upon acres of corn, wastes tons of water, and uses a fertilizer linked to aquatic “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico. On top of all that, ethanol really doesn’t make your vehicle much more energy efficient than using Premium Plus gasoline. I suppose the only “plus” in all of this is that you’re saving a bit of green in your wallet.


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