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sheep have a square front to their jaw and will cut the grass off too close to the ground, the grass will die unless they only eat a little here and there occassionally. Grazing sheep ruins lawns and pastures, why sheep are/were hated in the western US.
goats on the other hand have a round front to their jaw and will not mow too close
The OP is a good piece, but everything in its place. Yes, people COULD return bottles for reuse. Like today, with recycling, but that doesn't mean everyone DID. Glass bottles went to the landfills too, and will last for 1 million years before breaking down.
They walked to the grocery store sure...but those groceries had to come from somewhere. Trains and trucks, belching diesel fumes or worse - woodsmoke - were everywhere.
They washed baby's nappies by hand, sure...but they had to use harsh chemicals and phosphates to get them clean because they couldn't wash them in near boiling water like modern day appliances do and all that went into the local rivers and lakes because they didn't have pollution standards for dumping.
They exercised and did chores by hand, sure...so if they were sick or invalid, their work went undone because they were too sick and weak to do it.
They didn't have air conditioning...yeah, so many people got heat stroke and were ill most of the summers and couldn't do a whole lot because it was too hot to do so. Especially women who had to wear 'decent' undergarments and couldn't be seen in short skirts or shorts.
Wadded up old newspaper, once used for wrapping things, cushioning things, had no place to go other than the fireplace - more woodsmoke in the air! - or yep, in the landfill. No more recycling for it.
Yes, there were a lot of good things in the day, but they balance out with the bad things.