4 comments on “Drastic Plastic – Not Fantastic

  1. blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Hi Graham, can’t find my login. There was no recycling when we were kids.  Milk was delivered by horse and cart, then an electric float, bottles were washed and reused. Drink bottles had a deposit charged and were returned.  Found bottles were our treasure, we took them back to the shop and got penny sweets. You always took your own shopping bags, if you ran out of space you bought a brown paper carrier bag.  Vegetables and fruit were sold loose and went in the net shopping bag, although  most people grew what they could. Meat and fish were wrapped in grease proof paper and then a paper bag.  Flour, biscuits etc were in big tins and weighed out into paper bags.  Paper bags, if not reused, were torn up and went on the compost heap, as did veg peelings.  There was no waste food, there was none to spare.  We had three sets of clothes, school, play and Sunday best.  If you were poor, you had no Sunday best and wore school uniform to church. Outgrown clothes were handed down to cousins and friends.  All clothes were natural fibres. Worn out clothes were used as rags, then cut up and onto the compost heap.  Christmas presents were clothes, one toy, an annual, a selection box, an orange and nuts in shells. We didn’t have a lot, but we never felt deprived, we were happy!  We did not recycle, there was nothing.

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    • Sometimes you realise that what would get badged as “progress” is not that at all…what it probably is is just the March of big business and mass transit. Interesting comment, thank you.

  2. I know this is no excuse but I once heard that if we left the earth to its own devices (after we’ve wrecked it) it would ‘only’ take 1-2 million years to recover to its natural state.

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