Posted: 03/03/2013 at 21:35
We're all much bigger than consumers than we were then, of course. When I was a kid, around 1950, my dad had two suits. That's all, apart from the underwear and shirts to go with them. I don't even remember him wearing a sweater. The suits weren't washable, which boggles the mind a bit.
There wasn't any spare money and we lived simply. There were three cars in our entire street and one television - ours, bought for the coronation.
When you compare that with today's consumption, its no surprise that there's a bigger problem with recycling.