I was talking to my daughter the other day, and then a couple of friends. They believe the world was more environmentally friendly thirty years ago.Apparently I’m a dinosaur. I had that garage sale, but learned that people only want antiques – like old records - or something fairly new. I had a plain, working, regular, coffee pot. No one wanted it. My daughter explained that was because they were looking for a Keurig. And from there we moved in to a discussion on how environment friendly the Keurig was - with all their little pods – one per cup of coffee - that went to the landfill.
Even if something is functional and works, people don’t want it and don’t want to recycle like we used to do. They want pretty, fancy and according to commercials, what everyone else has. Nowadays everything is plastic, often made in China and only lasts two or three years and it’s thrown out. Everything is packaged in Styrofoam. Nothing is reused. Twenty or thirty years ago when we shopped it was put in a brown bag. Things lasted forever, so they weren’t thrown out. I have a blender that’s very heavy and made of solid glass. It’s about 40 years old and still works great. My daughter has an electric hand mixer from her grandmother that still works. We don’t throw them out for something that looks better than our neighbors but will break down in a few years.What about you? Do you use things until they break down, or replace with the latest cool-looking gadgets? Do you recycle? Do you use your own grocery bags art do you use the store’s plastic bags? (I’ve been using my own for about 30 years. I still have Safeway bags from 30 years ago.) I know – I’m a dinosaur. :)