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The 'green thing'

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Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, the young cashier suggested to me that I should bring my own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
I 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."
I couldn’t help to agree with her: "Ahh yes you're right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day." I 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" back then.
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 yards.
. . . But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
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 that young lady is right; 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 coz 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 she's right; 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.

We also don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

I am starting to run out of supermarkets now, must be an age thing.
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  1. Meelis13's Avatar
    i get that you are pissed (somewhat rightfully, as i do agree with most of your writing), but with all do respect, both of you are right (as well as you fall bit into age-old cliche). Individual didnt waste nearly as much energy (i mean the kind that doesnt come from your own muscles) back then, but there are few things you need to notice.
    First off, what individual back then didnt do, goverments and companies did. Lot of enviromental problem causes do actually predate your generation or are very early in. I mean, despite some thing causes even being almost entirely fixed for decades, nature still recovers from some things.
    Second, your generation raised mine. Cliche, yes, but doesnt make it any less true.
    Third- your generation created (or at least mainstreamed) lot of what you critisise in this post.

    So point is, dont take it into heart so much. Neither generation is more right here to be fair, even if mine does act like snotty brats most of the time (but be fair- your generation and generations before that at my age werent much better).
  2. Gigantus's Avatar
    Thank you for your comment - it was actually meant 'tongue in cheek'. I should have added an emoticon or something to that effect, following the link at the end of the post might have given you the clue.

    Edit: and you are definitely right about being snotty
    Updated November 02, 2015 at 07:39 PM by Gigantus