Earth Day was established in 1970 by a Wisconsin US Senator. It started as a national "teach in for the environment". I can remember planting a tree on school property for the 1st Earth Day.
Many from my generation focused on being green. Saving our plant. Sad thing is my generation also was instrumental in producing the products which today fill our landfills.
In the 70"s......
- No one bought water in plastic bottles.
- Very few used disposable diapers.
- Trash bags were the brown paper bags from the grocery store.
- Clothes were dried outside on a clothes line.
- Clothes were mended and reused by family and friends. If not able to re-wear - the clothing was cut up for rags to clean.
- Paper towels were not used - dish towels were washed.
- Gardens were planted and fertilizers were manure
- Plastic bags did not exist - paper bags were what was used in all stores
- Fertilizer for houseplants was made using egg shells - veggie scrapes - coffee grounds
- Electronics were not filling the waste dumps because there were no disposable electronics - the majority of all items were repaired not replaced
Living green has been basically easy for me. I learned as a child how to use vinegar - how to use baking soda and how to reuse and re-purpose. My parents and grandparents made items from scratch - they reused and re-purposed.
This Earth Day I wish for everyone to develop one green habit.
If everyone in the USA developed one new GREEN habit - what a
huge positive difference it would make.