As a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we really didn’t know much about recycling or indeed any kind of care for the planet.
Thanks to the Fab Four, we were told all you need is love, but they forgot to mention that we needed to love the planet as well as each other.
Back then, for anybody not already wearing a kaftan and burning incense, any hint of being too focused on the environment immediately cast you as a future hippy!
To put things a bit in perspective though consumerism was not at the pace of today partly because of the cost of things and just an attitude of mind. Britain then still had a ‘make do and mend’ culture even. It should be noted that Brit’s still had food rationing until 1954! so for my parents generation this was strongly etched in their memory and there really was not the sheer volume of consumer goods, clothing and food & drink purchasing that goes through the front doors of the average house on a daily basis today.
But even so, when things were no longer required the end was simple…they were put in the dustbin.
So now for me as an adult of the 2000’s or a Baby Boomer we see today’s environmentally focused life style for a chance to try to put right the mistakes of our generation.
Monday was a UK public holiday with uncharacteristiclly good weather resulting in numerous garden projects, clearing of garages etc. ready for a symbolic restart of the academic and work year now that summer is nearly over.
The following day, I went to the tip (….now called the household waste recycling centre)….there were 26 cars in the queue ahead of me!
Back home, in addition to what had gone to the tip, as declutter frenzy further consumed our house, we had a box full of goods for the local food bank, bags of clothes for the charity shop and some items that we knew family and friends would use.
But are we really getting the point? …if we bought less, wasted less and shared more, we really could change the world.
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