We Didn’t Have The Green Thing Back Then…

┬áIn the 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 apologised 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, that generation didn’t have the green thing back then.

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 sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. They didn’t have the green thing back then.

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 every time they had to go two blocks. But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing back then.

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 – 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. But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

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. 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 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. 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. Isn’t it sad that some, in other generations, lament about how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?

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Small cabinet made from old fridge….

Ron Conrad took parts from an old Westinghouse refrigerator, and made this brilliant little cabinet.

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Rain Barrel made from mostly old stuff…

This is a repurposed food-grade barrel made into a rain barrel. The spigot is the the only new item in the mix ($4.79). The screen is from the throw-away pile at the local hardware store (free), and the tie-down is an old bicycle inner-tube.

Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

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Lugged frame “Starjet” – New York!

60s Starjet

Repurposed/Refurbished "Starjet" 3-Speed made in New York

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