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Not Green in Our Day

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Not Green in Our Day

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Checking out at the supermarket recently ,the young cashier suggested I should bring in my own bags because plastic ones weren't good for the environment . I apologised and explained that we didn't have the green thing in our day . The cashier responded "that's our problem today , your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generation!"
She was right about 1 thing we didn't have the green thing in our day,so what did we have ?
After some reflection and Soul searching on our day ,here's what I remembered.
Back then we returned milk bottles, fizzy pop and beer bottles to the store and the store returned them to the plant where the bottles were washed, sterilised and refilled. The same bottles were being reused repeatedly so they were recycled .
But we didn't have the green thing !
We walked upstairs because we didn't have escalators and lifts in every store or office buildings. We walked to the shops and didn't climb into a 300 horse powered machine every time we wanted to go two streets away.
She was right we didn't have the green thing in our day !
Back then we washed the babies nappies, we didn't have the throw away kind . We dried our clothes on a line, not on a energy gobbling machine burning 240 volts ......wind and solar power really did dry our clothes !
Kids got hand me downs from their brothers or sisters and not brand new clothing every time.
But she was right we didn't have the green thing in our day .
Back then we had 1 TV or radio in the house, not a TV in every room and the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief not a screen the size of Wales!
In the kitchen we blended or stirred by hand, we didn't have electric machines doing everything for us.
When we packed a parcel for posting it was wrapped in old newspapers to protect them, not Styrofoam or bubble wrap.
Back then we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the grass, we used a push mower that ran on human power.We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to the gym or health club to go on a treadmill run on electric.
But she's right we didn't have the green thing.
Back then we drunk from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a plastic cup or bottle every time we needed a drink. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying new ones and we replaced blades of a razor instead of throwing away when they went blunt.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then people took buses and kids took their bikes to school or walked instead of mum being a 24 hr taxi service.
We had only 1 electrical outlet in each room not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances and we didn't need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellite 2,000 miles away in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we older folk were just because we didn't do the green thing !!
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TORPC
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We had the RagnBone men
But she was right we didn't have the green thing in our day .
We had a guy on a bike that would sharpen knives / mower blades / garden shears etc
I guess she was right we didn't have the green thing in our day .
We would gather scrap metals, separate the metals & weigh them in (when the price was right)
But she was right we didn't have the green thing in our day .
We was able to purchase spare parts for thing that are now (SEALED Units) & repair them
But she was right we didn't have the green thing in our day .
Devonian
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Back then the Thames was also dead from pollution, but now there are fish, seals, whales even and sea horses living and breeding, there were weeks of smog laying over the cities due to pollution, there were no gas central heating, just coal fires..  etc etc.  Cool
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We used to save up silver paper!
We used to give newspapers to the local chippie!
We used to re-sole shoes and darn holes in socks!
We used to mend punctures in our bikes!
But she was right we didn't have the green thing in our day!
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Was that for the environment though, or to save a few pennies?
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I guess her point was that, while we used to do all that good stuff, we were also the ones who decided to stop doing it and adopt the throw away society.
Does make you wonder why we can't just start doing all that good stuff again - particularly since so much of it's just plain common sense.  Like the 'school run': how did that ever become a thing?
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because its stopped being normal for one adult to stay at home and raise there kids and in order to still get the jobs done it became necessary to have disposable products so both parents could hold down jobs instead of looking after the family properly ....
the green thing is just a buzz word for the ecologically sound policies of the past re-invented.....
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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If both parents have to work, why would they also want to have to take the kids to school instead of letting them take a bus?
You have very good point about the 'branding' of green policy, though: if it was promoted as reverting to what we used to do, it would very probably appeal to an awful lot of people who resist it almost entirely because they see it as something new and threatening.
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its not so much wanting to take the brats to school its more often a case of having to, busses are only free if your more than 2 miles for primary schools or 4 miles for secondary schools (at least in my county) so either you pay £60 a month per child to get them to/from school or you DIY on the way to work and save that extra (especially if you have more than 1 to pay for)  and that's ignoring the fact that the parent would still need to wait around with the kid until its on the school transport (of course in many places they use public buses for this service and the parent has to travel with the kid) so its just easier to drop off /collect in your car and not have to worry about it ....
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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Throw some more coal on the fire so you can cook the sausages, bacon and eggs in lard/dripping.
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TORPC
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We used to make compost, with all the veggie peelings etc
We used to keep free range chickens in the back yard (can't beat fresh eggs in the morning)
Until the new neighbors (from some big town) complained to the council
They even complained that the local farmer woke them up when moving his cattle @ 5 am to be milked @ 6am
Yet they never complained when the farmer delivered their fresh milk @ 8am
I always said they should never have moved from a town
VileReynard
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We used to return empty beer bottles (that we nicked from the back yard) back to the pub for a few pennies each.  Grin Grin Grin

TORPC
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I suspect that anyone of a certain age, used to do that, me included Tongue Grin Wink
myredhotcar
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We used to get two half-broken cars, cut them down middle and weld them back together to make a new car. Proper recycling.
Can't do that nowadays because of political correctness and red tape.