I don't think my grandpa would have ever called himself an environmentalist, but he certainly took a lot of green action steps in 93 years that are still not quite mainstream even today. He valued frugality like many who lived though the Depression, and this engineer never wasted anything that had the potential to be creatively reused or repurposed. He recycled, ran a carpool, and grew his own food before it was hip. He passed these (and many other) values down to his kids and grandkids, which is why we still have a styrofoam ice chest circa 1965 in the basement.*
So I think Grandpa would approve of my finding a new purpose for his mid-century tool caddy as a wine/beer rack in my apartment - especially since he fermented his own wine at one point out of some odd fruit combos. Perslime or blimone vintage, anyone?
*Not hyperbole: this ice chest is still in tact, and yes, for some reason we still have it. Think about that the next time you get takeout - I know I do!