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We didn't have the "green thing" in my generation either

Posted 05-27-2011 at 11:44 AM by LilyLady


In the line at the store, a cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation didn't care enough to save our environment."


It was true. That generation didn't have the green thing in their day.

Back then, they bought milk, soda and beer in glass bottles and paid a deposit on the bottles. They returned their bottles to the store and got their deposit back. The store sent the bottles back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But that generation didn't have the green thing in their day.

They walked up stairs because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store instead of climbing into a 300-horsepower vehicle every time they needed something.

Back then, they washed the baby diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. Clothes were dried on a clothesline outside, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids often got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters instead of new every time.

But that generation didn't have the green thing in their day.

Back then, there was usually only one TV or radio in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, stirring and blending was done by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do it for them. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But that generation didn't have the green thing in their day.

Back then, people drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. Writing pens were refilled with ink instead of thrown away. People replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But that generation didn't have the green thing in their day.


Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service. There was usually only one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't use or need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But that generation didn't have the green thing in their day.


Wasn't that wasteful of them to be so uncaring about the environment?
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