The Original Idea Behind GreenLivingHistory

I started the idea of Green Living History as a Blogger blog, long ago. I didn’t start it there. Just wrote a description. I really liked the name so I bought the domain. Now, here the poor thing is, neglected.

Rather than importing the lack of content on Blogger, or keeping the blogger site open for no real reason, I am deleting it there and just adding the single little post back in here.

The Idea Behind Green Living History
Green Living History – An idea to blog about the environment, green living, repurposing, natural religion and history.
Posted 27th April 2012 by Laura Brown

The Grass On the Other Side was Greener

Being Green (reprinted from Facebook)

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or
future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store 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 truly recycled.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we 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 (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

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

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

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

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

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

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

How Will the God-Fearing Own Up in the End?

To those who believe in God and the Bible… your book says humans are the stewards/ the caretakers of the Earth. You worry about getting into heaven or going to hell for your sins…

How will you explain the mess the planet is in, the animals being killed by human pollution and human over population and all the rest – to your boss? Do you even think about the production, consumption and packaging which you throw away every day? Do you ever wonder were it all ends up? Do you really try to use less or is it easier to just go ahead and do what you want and just buy more stuff?

When you think about your sins, consider those against the environment, the planet and the life on it. Maybe your God will be upset about the wreckage of the planet more than the small sins you think are so important, to you.

I’m not perfect. I won’t pretend I don’t cause pollution and add to the problems of the planet. But, I do think about the planet and, being human, I do think we are responsible for the planet and our own actions. I don’t expect any higher power to come along and fix everything while forgiving us all for making such a mess of it all.

Sustainable/ Eco Fashion

From Iva Messy: Eco Fashion 101

Here is a small glossary of some eco fashion terms you may see {in no particular order}:

Organic– Natural fibers which have grown without any pesticides & other toxic materials, preserving the health of humans and the environment.

Recycled– Anything that has been made from already existing materials, fabrics, fibers or metals. Often times previously made clothing and accessories are refashioned into new ones.

Vintage– Specifically, new or second hand garments created between 1920- 1975. However, the ‘exression’ is many times more generally used refereing to second hand or upcycled clothes.

Ethically Produced– Fashion that has been produced with respect for people and the environment.

Custom– Also called made to order, is a way of encouraging ‘slow fashion’ over mass produced.

Vegan– Products which have been made without the use of leather or animal tissue products.

Artisian or Craft– Products which have been crafted using artisan skills.

Fair Trade Certified– Promotes standards for international labor {reasonable work hours, no child labor, the right to unionize, a fair living wage} , environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of goods. Fair Trade focuses on exports from developing countries to developed countries.

I Want Paper Coffee Cups

I have one of those tiny flies buzzing around me tonight. It’s too fast for me to kill. I must need more coffee if I am this slow. 

Today you could have gotten a free coffee at Starbucks if you brought in a travel mug. I have a travel mug but it makes the coffee taste like plastic and it doesn’t fit in my purse. So it is really not very practical at all. I wonder if they would have served my coffee in the regular paper cup if I showed them the plastic travel mug first. Likely not as the whole point was to encourage people to bring their own cups versus continuing to use paper cups. 
However, how green is it to bring your own mug really? 
First, people don’t always wash their travel mugs in between coffee stops. The barista at the coffee shop usually rinses out the travel mug with a squirt of hot water. But, is that really enough to make it safe from bacteria and whatever else could be lurking in there? While being sick may turn you a shade of green it is not a good thing for the environment, in many ways. 
A paper cup is easily recycled. At worst it will decompose in your compost if it doesn’t make it into the recycling bin with the other paper. A plastic cup can not be recycled, it will not compost and it will not go out with your recycling but will have to be put out with the unredeemable garbage. 
If I have to haul a travel mug around with me I will need a bigger purse. Likely I need a bigger purse already as I am also expected to carry my own grocery/ shopping bags too. I don’t have a car to be my second purse or my socially and environmentally conscious beast of burden. I have to carry whatever I need with me on my shoulder all day, while running around from place to place and bus to bus. It may be good for the environment but it is not good for me. I don’t like hauling around cargo. 

hell is Just Another Four Letter Word

The concept of hell and the idea that women could be unclean when they have their period, have sex, or get pregnant and give birth were all reasons why I stopped following/ believing in the standard Christian type religions.

I don’t think I even need to go into detail about the women part. I am a woman. Being so and having the body of a woman and all it’s cycles does not make me unclean. I don’t bite the heads off penis’s or chickens. I’m not into that sort of kinky stuff. Other kinky stuff… but not that.

As for hell. How can anyone have faith in a religion which tells you to worship or face going to hell? No real power would say that. Unless it never really had any power and the only way to enforce and keep it’s power was to debase itself and threaten the very followers who give it their faith, their hope and their life. Doesn’t that seem wrong? Why would you worship something that threatens to take it’s ball and go home like a kid having a tantrum? Shouldn’t a supreme power be confident, mature and more independent than that?

Anyway the hell thing just proved to me that what people call god is not very godly. It seems to me a real power/ god would not bother with us all that much. Which is the case if you look around. We are left to our own to fight our own battles, to protect our own environment and to keep each other.

Only someone who needs praise demands worship. I don’t see a real god being that needy. Rather they would have better things to do.

It’s like giving someone a gift. If you really give from your heart you give cause it pleases you, not because you need to be thanked. I don’t give a present and then stand around expecting anyone to hang around telling me how sweet I am, how great the gift is. I already know those things.

Toronto Sites I Found Today

Reading Toronto – Looking at the city through the eyes of the many designers, architects, writers, and artists in the city.

Imagining Toronto – A local exploration of culture and place, a lived geography of the city and region.

Imagining Toronto, the blog. –
Amy Lavender Harris- A geographer and environmental phenomenologist. Occasional rabble rouser. Known to be fiercely independent, curious, principled, persistent.

Jennifer Burns: Local Ruins – Abandoned and reclaimed buildings in Toronto.

Toronto Psychogeography Society – A loose collection of relentless flâneurs, explorers and walkers. Participants step out of their daily routine and explore the city’s overlooked corners to imagine the dynamics of a better future urban environment.

Murmur Toronto
– An archival audio project that collects and curates stories set in specific Toronto locations, told by Torontonians themselves.

Canadian New Media Awards – To recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and companies in the Canadian new media industry.


Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Canada

Celebrating our architectural heritage. The aim of Doors Open events is to facilitate people’s understanding and enjoyment of their local architectural environment while encouraging awareness of their built heritage.

TO Live with Culture A guide to Toronto’s culture and arts scene, events.

If you’re in Vancouver, BC, there is Northern Voice

Northern Voice is a two-day, non-profit personal blogging conference that’s being held at the UBC main campus on February 23-24, 2007.

Green Karat: Eco Jewelry

Green Karat – Using recycled gold for ecologically responsible jewelry.

Gold is a very versatile metal. It is malleable and ductile. It’s a good conductor of heat and electricity, immune to tarnish, and resistant to acids. Although these properties make it very useful in industrial applications, 80% of the gold used each year nonetheless goes into jewelry.

While gold is valuable enough to provide an incentive to recycle, significant amounts of gold sit idle, while mining continues at a pace of 2,500 tons a year. In fact, there is enough gold above ground (already mined) to satisfy all demands of the jewelry industry for the next 50 years. Much of it sits in bank vaults and in the form of old and unused jewelry.

Our greater goal at greenKarat is to end destructive gold and diamond mining. We do not, however, strive to force that change through radical activism. While activist organizations play a critically important role in educating and motivating consumers, we believe that widespread and permanent change will ultimately occur through the voice of consumer buying decisions.

Our mission is to provide an ecologically and socially responsible jewelry alternative to those who seek change. We want to help you, in some small way, become part of the permanent solution. Together we can make a difference.

Tanith Lee

I just finished “The Silver Metal Lover” by Tanith Lee.

It’s about a 16 year old girl (definitely a girl, very young and emotional) who buys herself a very life-like male robot. It’s meant to be a musician/ sex toy. But she sees it as human. I think she has that “I will fix/ save him” syndrome. Whether it’s a bad boy or a sick boy, we’ve all done it.

I like the robot man idea. I could get used to having a man around when I need or just wanted one. The rest of the time he could be stashed out of the way, without complaint. Handy.

I’ve written fiction along these lines but that was for the adult site so I won’t link to it here. (It’s just my little secret).

If you had a robot lover would you care about his feelings? Would you assume it/ he even had any or would you see it more as just another appliance? I’d prefer one that could run on solar or wind power. Thinking of the environment and the cost of all those batteries and the electric bill. Solar would be best as it would be nice to take him outside and play around. Though if you live in a city it wouldn’t be quite the same. (There are laws about stuff like that).

The book was good. I’d try for a better book report but I burned out on doing book reviews a long time ago. It’s not easy coming up with something unique for every book about almost the same thing.

I’m glad to be reading science fiction though. There are only so many romance novels you can handle in one lifetime. Besides, I finally began to outgrow my own inner 16 year old girl. I think she got bored, silly twit. I’ve been reading some horror too. Nothing violent, graphic and gruesome. I like horror with a twist of science fiction. Something that makes the gears in your brain turn at least a few times.