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Old 12-01-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them 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 we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers 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 and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up 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 she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a 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, and we replaced the razor blades 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 streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. 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 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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So without plastic bags people put loose trash in their cans which winds up blowing up and dowwn the street as the trash truck empties them. Worse yet is "Recycling" where people seem to have forgotten that it was supposed to save money
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Great post! Back then all groc bags were PAPER and there were no plastic trash/garbage bags either to stifle our landfills and waterways!

So the advent of plastics in later yrs. was a huge negative environmental impact.

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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them 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 we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers 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 and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up 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 she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a 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, and we replaced the razor blades 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 streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. 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 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:08 AM
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Location: in my living room
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Excellent post!!
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:16 AM
 
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The cashier needs to be shown to the door, for a walk down to the unemployment agency. Any employee, especially a minimum-wage employee, who patronizes a customer like that needs the boot, ASAP.

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Old 12-02-2011, 05:50 AM
 
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I go to the grocery store to buy food, not to get advice on how to manage my garbage (or what charities is should give to, etc. etc.). While I would not consider complaining to the management I would be annoyed.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:04 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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The cashier needs to be shown to the door, for a walk down to the unemployment agency. Any employee, especially a minimum-wage employee, who patronizes a customer like that needs the boot, ASAP.
This piece has been floating around the 'net for months. Makes some good points, but I'm not sure if it's a true story or not...haven't been able to find anything at the Urban Legends website.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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This piece has been floating around the 'net for months. Makes some good points, but I'm not sure if it's a true story or not...haven't been able to find anything at the Urban Legends website.
Doesn't matter if it is true or not, it is the point that matters.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Speaking of these bags, I need a Waste Management one (were distributed in Southern USA).
(it will match my WM garbage truck )

I will trade great ones we get in the Eco-Friendly PNW.

Our stores offer 'credits' if we bring our own bags (I assume that is nationwide).

Oregon (Portland at least ( / of course)) just banned plastic bags. Back to paper.

Having served many yrs as a plastics engineer (now retired), I can appreciate that

"Plastics is the future"?, hum, reminds me of a dated movie.... I took that Good Advice !! It fed my family. (then / back In the olden days).

I do make it a point to not buy cars with plastic (since they have to last me 50 yrs in retirement). Thus my cars are pretty old already... we can age together.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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It was all paper bags and returnable bottles. There was very little "plastic" and almost everything was reused.

The paper bags became book covers during school, drawing paper on rainy days, garbage bags.
Coffee cans got decorated with your name on it and became crayon holders and other small toys.

I had depression era grandparents and my own parents were kids in the depression.
So much got reused in my home growing up. I still practice a lot of that today. I do have the decorated coffee cans in my garage with labels .."nails", "hinges", etc as opposed to the fancy PLASTIC organizers they sell at HD or Lowe's.

It's a matter of perspective.
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