How Much Does Our Culture Affect Recycling and Frugality?
I lived in Germany for a brief period of time in the early 90s (shortly after the reunification). While I was there, people that I worked with and spent time with gently pointed out that I should not throw away my Coke cans, aluminum foil, paper sacks, or baggies.
Instead, I should recycle the cans, and reuse the remaining items until they could no longer be reused (and then recycle them.) Pop in glass bottles had deposits.
Banks (and what I gathered were the equivalent of savings & loans) gave away cloth bags with slogans on the side like “Der Natur zuliebe!” (which essentially means “For the sake of nature!”)
People regularly brought their own expandable bags to the grocery store. In fact I don’t think the grocery stores even offered paper or plastic sacks.
Have you thought about how much our culture affects things like frugality and environmental awareness?
It’s taken nearly 20 years for businesses here to start doing things like giving away reusable bags. But reuse baggies and foil here (and tell people about it or have them catch you at it) and it’s still a different story.
I’m hoping that one day it will be normal in the U.S. to take care of our resources by using less, reusing, and recycling.