Well, yes, our grannies did indeed live rather green and localised lifestyles in WWII:
For the parents or grandparents, who we may have once scoffed at for never throwing away leftovers and hoarding coupons, were, in contrast to us, model global citizens. Their carbon footprints barely left an imprint. They wasted almost nothing; and what they had no use for, they recycled. They dug for victory to grow their own seasonal produce, as more of us are again beginning to do. They abandoned their cars and did not dare light a fire, flick a switch or turn a tap without thinking of the energy consumed.
Theirs was not a disposable culture: they made do and mended. In “the great saucepan offensive”, they salvaged. Decades before No Logo became an international rallying cry, they were pioneering anti-consumerists, dressed in utility clothing, with Winston Churchill leading the way. They did thrift years before it became a fashion model’s fad: the second-hand shop and the recycling bin were their generation’s invention.
But the thing we need to remember is that, by current day standards, our grannies were also astonishingly poor.
The thing they were poorest of? Time, time and leisure.
It\’s entirely possible to grow your own veg, make do and mend, recycle everything and so on: just expect to give up most of your leisure to do so.