Earth Friendly

By Faye

Do you like handmade crafts? Even though you know they are worth every cent of the price tag is it still more than you want to pay? Why not try your hand at creating beautiful crafts from recyclables.

Instead of taking cans, bottles, paper and even clothing to the landfill create artwork!

The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts has over 100 earth friendly projects for you. For tips about earth friendly stitching check out the book by Betz White, Sewing Green or Resew : turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs by Jenny Wilding Cardon.

I received an email that I would like to share. I remember so many of these and I guess that’s why it is a delight to read. I have tried to find the origin of it but cannot. The author is unknown.

  Subject: The green thing – and oh so true!

In the queue at the shop, the cashier told the older woman that she
should bring her own bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the

The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green
thing back in my day.”

The cashier responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation
did not care enough to save our environment!”

He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, lemonade bottles and beer
bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed
and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and
over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green
thing back in that customer’s day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator
in every shop and office building. They walked to the grocery shop and
didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s nappies because they didn’t have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; they didn’t have the green thing back in her

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a
screen the size of Wales . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by
hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for

When they packaged a fragile item to send in by post, they used a
screwed up old newspaper to cushion it, not polystyrene or plastic
bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the
lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by
working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills
that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled
their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they
replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole
razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
school or rode in the school bus instead of turning their mums into a
24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical socket in a room, not an
entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.

And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed
from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest
Pizza Hut.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old
folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?

4 thoughts on “Earth Friendly

  1. Thanks for a terrific reminder, Faye! My Great-Aunt Belle (1901-1992) embodied the Thrifty Green Ethos. As a kid, I thought she was hopelessly out-of-it.

    I wish she was around today — she’d really tease me about this post.


  2. I really enjoyed your article about being earth friendly. I used the The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts to get the idea for the Christmas Parade Float last year. I used brown grocery bags to create a log cabin. Good post!


  3. Thanks for this post, Faye!

    I really appreciate the stores that give a little discount for bringing shopping bags… my next “project” is to start bringing my own food containers to restaurants to avoid having to take a giant hunk of styrofoam home!


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