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    Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard, when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady, that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
    The woman 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."

    The older lady said "Ahh yes you're right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day." She 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 because 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.
    . . . . But it so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

    . . . I think you should forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from some smart ass young person. .. ...
    We 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 calculate your change without the cash register telling them how much.

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    That's a quality bit of recycling right there SB. Looks to be an early 2011 edition.

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    very good. Who wrote it for you?
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    Yet another baby boomer blaming the kids for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HugeWhale View Post
    Yet another baby boomer blaming the kids for everything.
    they can't blame the kids for Brexit though can they? That's why they're all so grumpy. Biggest f*** up in the last 77 years and they know it's mostly their own fault.


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    op is right to a certain extent - we were greener back in the day.

    But not because we choose to be - because we had no choice.

    Would we have been so green if we had access to all these gadgets - or not?

    I say we and I mean you old gits cos i am still young!

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    The good old days. All the violence around nowadays. Not like when I was young during the war.

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    Go back a few thousand years and we were very green. And dying of infectious disease with rotten teeth.
    Hmm. I'm beginning to suspect that you need to find all the packing the computer came in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    Go back a few thousand years and we were very green. And dying of infectious disease with rotten teeth.
    You only need go back 50 years for that too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    Go back a few thousand years and we were very green. And dying of infectious disease with rotten teeth.
    In Zurich late 1980s all supermarkets only gave out tough paper bags. And had been for a few years. I thought the UK would have been there by now....

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