"The Green Thing" Now and Back Then

Written by  Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:36
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Now, I am not the one for forwarding chain messages or even buying into what most of the chain messages advocate these days. However, on receiving the following text from a friend the other day, I thought it must be shared and cascaded so more of us can appreciate the message it conveys.

It goes like this...


Checking out at the supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the older lady that she should bring her own shopping 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 younger years."

The cashier 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, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so they could use the same bottles over and over. Yes, they really were recycling.


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 in our days.

We walked up the stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every shop 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 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 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 a wall-to-wall carpet.

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 post, 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 petrol 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 water from a fountain or a tap when we were thirsty instead of demanding a plastic bottle flown in from another country.

We accepted that a lot of food was seasonal and didn’t expect that to be bucked by flying it thousands of air miles around the world.

We actually cooked food that didn’t come out of a packet, tin or plastic wrap and we could even wash our own vegetables and chop our own salad.

But, we didn't have the green thing back then.


Back then, people took the tram or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers 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 beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza 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?

Let the 'gen X' know how bold and wise the old generation really was.


Quite an eye-opener, isn't it?

How many times have we heard one of our dear friends make the statement, "I am truly a gadget-man/gadget-lady"? Surely, they don't realise how much of a negative impact excessive use of their gadgetry is having on the very planet we call home.

Maybe it's time we all try and make a one degree of change and see where it takes us?

Even if we address half of the issues raised in the text above, applying the changes within our own households, I believe, we can make a visible and viable difference to our planet.

Now, it's up to you to either read it and forget about it or take a few of the golden rules from this text, apply them in your lives and really make a difference.

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Mark Asher

With qualifications in Journalism, eCommerce and Business, Mark is an aspiring writer with over 20 years' experience in freelance journalism.

Having involved in investigative journalism during the initial years of his career in journalism, Mark's interests now lie in the areas of technology, nature and current affairs.

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