Green Thing

The Green Thing

In the checkout line at the store, the 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 to him and explained,“We didn’t have the green thing
back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right, her generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their 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 they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store,and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine everytime they had to go two blocks. But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts power. Sun and wind really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand me down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they 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, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you.
But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

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 she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle everytime they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they 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 rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24 hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they 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 the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?

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19 responses to “Green Thing

  1. Sometimes my husband and I lament when something breaks and wonder how to repair it. Then we realise that we’ve had aforesaid object for many, many years. We are just conditioned to replace rather than repair. Who has shoes repaired nowadays. At moment on a quest to find someone who sharpens scissors. Oh yes, you’re not the only one who can rant 😀

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    • Sad smile… so many products are now equipped with so many ‘tiny’ electronic parts and even if I can find and replace the faulty part. Purchasing the part(s), plus shipping the parts often cost as much or more than buying a new replacement product.

      Hehehe, last time I took a few knifes etc. to be sharpened, I discovered I could buy a good quality knife sharping machine for less money that that ‘fix-it’ shop quoted to sharpen my knifes.
      Sad, but it is the time we live in.

      Happy Gardening

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  2. I have to laugh at the smugness of a checkout clerk trying to lecture a senior citizen on how to treat the earth. I’ll just bet he had on rubber soled shoes, plastic rimmed glasses, and drove to work that day in a car powered by gasoline and made with plenty of synthetic materials. Wish she had thought to tell him that.

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    • Just an old guy’s opinion, but, I feel it is a wast of my limited time to expend effort to attempt to enlighten the Village Idiot on the ‘real’ facts..
      Happy gardening

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  3. Our county now has brand new trash and recycle containers with covers free for each home however, few in the county will recycle, very sad!
    Bottles are much safer then plastic!
    We wash our reusable cloth grocery bags after every shopping.

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  4. Reblogged this on sliceofheaveninsweden and commented:
    I really liked this post and had to share it.

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  5. Reblogged this on wolfwoods and commented:
    This is so true, scary thing is most people from my generation and younger (39 here) couldn’t make it without all their stuff that gobbles power.

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  6. One of your best posts!
    a note to the shrubqueen: I have canvas and “cotton fisherman’s net” bags which are washed depending upon what has been packed in them. Another idea I’ve heard but haven’t acted on yet (have seen 1 or 2 in use) – sew the bottom of one of those excess “branded” T-shirts you or a neighbor may have in the bottom of a drawer somewhere, cut off the sleeves (and the neck if it is very small), sew a few reinforcing lines along the armholes and the neck holes and you have another option for washable shopping bags. If you try this, I’d like to hear how it works out if pobept wouldn’t mind sharing through his site.

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    • I can thank you enough for your kind comment(s).

      Grin, unlike some of our government bureaucrats, anyone and everyone are welcome to post comments on this blog.

      Happy gardening

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  7. Spot on! These days it’s SAVE A TREE: USE PLASTIC!

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  8. Grin … me to, I’ll take paper and thanks for asking 🙂

    happy Gardening

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  9. Couldn’t agree more! The waste these days is attrocious

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  10. There should be a super like button. This post deserves a super like.

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  11. Thank you for this! Mind you, popcorn inside a recycled box will cushion almost anything through the post! WT

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  12. Green from another perspective! I am not fond of those reusuable grocery bags (think of the bacteria) all in favor of paper, though.

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