May 4, 2012

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Recycling Eyeglasses Is a Feel-Good Waste of Money. “The case of recycled eyeglasses illustrates how easy it is to fool ourselves when we think about thrift, waste and charity. We overestimate the importance of the physical things we can see and forget about the real costs of time and attention, as well as the importance of intangible values like aesthetics to the people we’re trying to help.”

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