Green Thing

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her
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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 young 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.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then. 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 throwaway 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 beamedfrom satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger 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?

4 thoughts on “Green Thing

  1. Rob O.

    Hear hear! Gen Y snotnoses are big on talking about “green things” but they rarely seem to go beyond superficial efforts.

    Sure, I take reusable bags to the grocery store, but I also bag up #1 & #2 plastics for our local recycling center (some accept even more varieties). We save up my son’s outgrown but generally still very good clothing and toys to sell twice per year at a “Just Between Friends,” a local cross between consignment store and garage sale. I drop off old clothing and other still-usable stuff at our local Goodwill. In short, I toss in the dumpster only what I cannot find some other way to dispose of in a more useful manner. Heck, I even slosh leftover coffee and tea on my flowerbeds instead of pouring that down the drain.

    And I could be doing a LOT more.

    But I don’t know a single Gen Yer who even scratches the surface of the meager “green” efforts that I do. They go thru plastic bottles and cups like there’s no tomorrow, but never lift a finger to recycle any of that waste. They rarely consume beverages from reusable containers because that would require some washing. They use dozens of Swiffer pads instead of a traditional mop because they’re easier (but far less efficient).

  2. Dede

    Amen! I’ve even had a few of the new generation tell me they didn’t give a crap about the environment when I’ve gotten on to them about not recycling their plastic water bottles. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to grow old and be cranky but looks like I’m gonna.


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