Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket I was in the queue at
the Check Out and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much
older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic
bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologised to the young girl & then sighed, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. You folk didn't do enough to save our environment for future generations."
The older lady said "Ahh yes you're right -- our generation didn't have
the "green thing" in its day." She sighed then continued:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles
to the shops. The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed,
sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over &
over, thus REALLY were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing"
back in our day.
Grocery stores put our groceries into brown paper bags that we reused
for numerous things. Most memorable was the use of brown paper bags as
book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public
property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced
by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on their
brown paper bag/covers. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing"
I remember how we walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator
in every store or office building; walked to the grocery store &
didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go 200
Back then we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw
away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine
burning up 220 volts. Wind & solar power really did dry our clothes
back in our days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or
sisters, not always brand-new clothing. . . . But we didn't have the
"green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And
if anyone did own a TV, it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief
(remember them?), not a screen the size of a football pitch. When
cooking we blended & stirred by hand, we didn't have electric
machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to
send by post, we used layers of old newspapers to cushion it, not
Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine
and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran
on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a
health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But
we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a tap or fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a
cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled
writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, & we replaced the
razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back
then. Back then, people took the bus & kids rode bikes to school or
walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in
the family's expensive car or van, which cost what a whole house did
before the "green thing"..
Oh and we had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of
sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized
gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in
space in order to find the nearest leisure park."
. . . . But it's so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we
old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?