TAKE ON TOPICS
By TRACI BARNES
I saw a post online the other day that got me to thinking about being energy conscious, or green. I remember playing in the clothes baskets and running between the sheets hanging on the clothes line. I am sure it conserved energy and should be considered green. I picked up pop bottles as a kid. We would walk to the store and turn them in for the deposit money and buy candy.
Paper or plastic grocery bags? We know the paper breaks down easier than the plastic. At one point paper cups were paper before they went to plastic and Styrofoam. Paper plates used to be only paper. Do you remember paper straws? I know people used to use manual lawn mowers and I have seen them advertised again recently. Actually people didn’t always have air conditioning. There were breeze ways and later attic fans. But progress creates convenience that we do not want to be without.
Just think we take our hair dryers and flat irons for granted. I remember going to bed when I was little in sponge rollers. I have seen movies where they would actually use an iron from the fire to flatten their hair. Baby diapers used to be cloth. Think about all the diapers in landfills. You can still buy the cloth diapers today. But I do understand the convenience of disposable diapers.
Now we are going back to more paper than plastic and Styrofoam. Maybe we fixed what wasn’t broke.
Of course 20/20 hindsight is always the best.
Next on my list is paying a huge price for organic food. Isn’t organic food really the food we used to raise in our pastures and grow in our gardens? So if you have a garden and don’t use chemicals on it, you are organic. I know sometimes you can catch some local farmers on the side of the road. I know I have bought some great homegrown tomatoes for canning hot sauce in Wister and Howe.
So in addition to cattle, pigs, etc…chickens have become very popular for their eggs. I know I don’t want to eat any meats that have been injected with hormones to make them grow due to the increased chance of cancer. We pay more for eggs that are from grain fed chickens. Hormone free beef and chicken is also the new healthy thing to do. I have a friend in the city that drives to buy fresh goat milk every few days.
All the new gadgets that are invented are really cool. Several years ago I bought the (robot) Roomba vacuum to use on my kitchen floor. But when it is all said and done I am back to using a straw broom.
So it just seems in so many ways we are going back to the basics, which makes sense. What is old is new again.
Until next week…