Saturday, 6 September 2008

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" -

Back in the “olden days” we carried cloth or string bags when we shopped.

Then the supermarkets introduced plastic bags, and we were grateful for this progress.

Back in the old days many of us did not have vacuum cleaners, so we used carpet sweepers: “Bissell” or “Hoky” brands.

Then we all bought vacuum cleaners.


These days the supermarkets have (ahem) gone “green”.

So they urge us to disdain plastic bags, and instead to use their permanent shopping bags, priced modestly enough, (in the USA) at 99 cents or so.

We, seeking to be green, purchase the “new” bags. (I have one on which is emblazoned “I used to be a plastic bag”).

Greenness aside, we forget that we are saving money for the markets by reducing their costs for plastic bags.

We also forget their profit margin on the “new” bags.

“Remember those old “manual” carpet sweepers?”

They are back in style They are being sold as the “new thing”.

I bought one today.

Vacuum cleaners perform so badly in picking up cat hairs (of which I have legion).

The old/new carpet sweepers do a great job!

"plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"

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