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BEING “GREEN” IS THE NEW THING, OR IS IT? Published: 14/07/11
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Here’s a thought.

In the queue at the store, the cashier told the old bloke that he should bring his own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The man apologised to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

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

He was right, the old bloke’s generation didn't have the “green” thing in its day—at least it wasn’t called the “green” thing then.

 Back then, they returned their milk bottles, lemonade bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

 In his day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every shop and office building. They walked to the grocer’s and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

 Back then, they washed the baby's nappies because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 240 volts—wind and solar power really did    dry the clothes. 
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

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 a table-top . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by    hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.  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 bubblewrap.

 Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol 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 gym or “health club” to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

They 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. 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.

 Back then, people took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or went on the bus instead of turning their mums 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 computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad that 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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