OMG I must be old, I had to put the soda bottles in the car. I remember when cable was new, and Atari was the best gaming system ever no more going to the bowling ally to play video games. Cell phone and pc's had no clue what those were growing up.
Oh, no...you aren't old. *I* am! We had a wringer washer. We had wire forms that fitted in mens' pants to hang them to dry and give a good crease without ironing! We made quilts instead of buying electric blankets. Mother and Nana made our school clothes, sometimes remodeling things mother no longer wore. We canned produce from our gardens and fruit trees and it was MUCH less expensive than the canned variety from the store. (Now, unless you can get the fruits and veggies free or at a much reduced price it's actually more expensive to do your own canning.) No one hunted for sport....it was for the freezer locker and feeding the family. Ditto fishing.
We saved and ironed wrapping paper for reuse. Bones from meat were the basis for a soup stock.
We were green before anyone had invented the term!!!
Im not "old" but I remember
We had a wringe washer, and many handmade clothes. I learned how to can and freeze most things that were home grown. I even remember our first TV.
I, too, remember our first t.v. Before that we all sat around "watching the radio!". My step-dad used to fall asleep during the boxing matches on it and every so often he'd grunt and sort of jerk a little punch or duck!
Oh, the old memories.....making our own paperdolls with clothes cut out from the catalog. Our first REAL paper dolls! Making doll clothes out of worn out clothes and old socks. The oil heater that was supposed to heat the whole house but only had a circle of warmth about four feet around it in the morning....wherein huddled all of our little bodies to dress for school....with more than once someone backing into it and getting a welt on their posterior!
Cutting our own Christmas trees since there was no such thing as a lot where you could go buy them.....and then, glory of glories, an aluminum tree with a rotating light! How very elegant!
Sewing blanket binding on the ends of towels as they became frayed. Or rickrack on a folded end!
Skates with keys....which we had tied onto the skates and tucked into our socks so we wouldn't lose MORE keys. Taps on our shoes to prolong the life of them.
So many ways we were "green" without knowing it!!!!!!!!!!!
I think people in general (the ones who are Depression era) were definitely more frugal and "green". I remember the milk deliveries and when they finally stopped them.
That's an excellent point. Industry either did not know the dangers or didn't care and there were no laws to protect forests, rivers and seas. However, ecological movements DID start in the late 60's, on a small scale and everyone thought the people who foresaw the damage being done were "treehuggers" and plain old nuts! Took quite a while for most of the nation to catch up and even now there are those who ridicule efforts to save wildlife or stop clearcutting or other types of damage to the ecology!
I know we had no recycling options for decades. It was reuse it or it went to the dump. I used to go to the area dump near Pendleton Oregon and find perfectly good things tossed out. Wish I could visit one now but safety issues and liabilities prohibit us from mining treasures and recyclables, etc. from 99% of dumps!