|Kathy and Bess|
I've recently been giving a lot of thought to plastic. Mostly just carrying around guilt about it. I'd like to be mindful of reducing my plastic footprint, which sparks the question, "how did our ancestors do it without plastic?"
- Buying in bulk: I know we've talked about flour sacks before. Do you suppose people would use fabric sacks to purchase flour, nuts, or other items that you can typically get in bulk? Perhaps they would put things into small paper bags rather than plastic?
- Liquids: liquids were probably entirely in glass. What about shampoo and cosmetics? Also glass? What were the options for reusing glass bottles? What was happening before the "buy bottled water" craze? Were drinking fountains more prevalent? Did people carry around canteens?
- Cereal: How did people keep cereal from going stale? Was it purchased in bulk in a sack and then transferred to a glass canister with a gasket?
- What kind of packaging were plants kept in? If you were to buy a tree or small plant, was it kept in burlap or something made of wood? Were nurseries not a thing? Did people have to order seeds and plant everything from seed?
I just wish we could go back in time and never discover plastic. Plastic is practically forced upon the consumer. Could I be a plastic-free consumer? Hmmmm....
[My first thought is that the consumer doesn't have a lot of options unless government and corporate entities are behind the program. I'm not an expert in the subject, but I do remember a little about how it was mid-century. We'll have several installments on this subject, so join in the discussion. Till next time . . . KW]