Being Eco Friendly
Many of my friends complain about how our parents generation didn’t look after the environment and how our grandparents didn’t either.
I can’t help but laugh at them. While many people my age jump on the ‘eco warrior’ band wagon, I for one will not. I love and respect mother nature but I won’t put the blame of what my generation is doing on our parents and grandparents.
Our grandparents didn’t have the luxury to abuse the environment. They reused the glass milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles. They were sent back to be washed, sterilized and reused.
WE TOSS THEM OUT, some of us may ‘recycle’ them, but how about the people who claim the EcoFriendly title but will smash the bottles and the glass windows at the bus stops on the weekend.
We may use the plastic bags for dog poo, But back when, when the shops used the brown paper bags, they would be reused until they broke.
They kept fit by walking everywhere, taking the stairs rather than taking the escalator. Walking to the shops, not using a gas guzzling car.
Washing the diapers because the throw away kind didn’t exist. Drying clothes on the line. Not a electric machine. Our parents got hand-me-downs rather then brand new clothes. I am proud to say that the majority of my cloths are second, third or fourth hand.
Our grandparents had one radio in the house if they were lucky, Not like now, where many people have a TV in every room.
In the kitchen, they didn’t have electric mixers, my grandparents stirred by hand.
Old newspaper was used to wrap up fragile things, not environmentally damaging bubble wrap and styrofoam.
When it was cold, our grandparents didn’t turn on the heater, they put on an extra layer of clothes.
People worked hard, in the garden, on the house- they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity inside a building. There was none of those protein shakes, if wanted more muscle you worked for it.
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 bus and kids rode their bikes to
school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s one car.They had one electrical outlet in a room, not a dozen that are left on.
So the next time you see a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t
make change without the cash register telling them how much, complaining about how old people don’t respect the environment. Feel free to give them a lecture.