Waste Not! Want Not! Week 9…

Good morning and it is certainly a lovely sunny one here although earlier on it was a tad chilly…

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It has certainly been a week of discoveries this week and good ones sometimes due to where they are published you chance upon things unexpectedly and that was the case in this instance when Alethea from not tomatoes was browsing her local newspaper she came across this article called ” The Milkman ” model…


I remember the milkman and that lovely gold top milk which was a treat for us the empties went outside to be replaced by full bottles…

TerraCycle, a company that has long been devoted to repurposing packaging and reducing waste, is behind the initiative. Coming this spring to major cities such as New York and Paris, customers will be ordering from a website called Loop, and receive popular products such as ice cream and shampoo in reusable containers delivered to their doors.

There are also plans to roll out to The Uk next year…One of the comments about the big names involved some of whom don’t have a good record as regards waste and ethics …Nestle being one of them… for a few years now I have not bought any products associated with them…Let’s hope it is not just for publicity and they really have changed for the good…I certainly hope so…

Next to come up on my radar is this cute idea for collecting rubbish on beaches…

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Australia has found a very simple way to stop waste going into the ocean…



Lots of local efforts to stop this avalanche of plastic waste going into the sea…What is happening in your area to stop plastic waste ???

If all the different grades of plastic have your head spinning then this post on plastic will help you make sense of symbols on bottles…



Although there are lots of great incentives going on only 8.21% of the 195 countries in the world have banned single-use plastics. When you look at it that way it is excuse the pun nothing but “a drop in the ocean” …We all need to be doing so much more…Joining organisations and talking to your local politicians about what their parties plans are …Not just thinking but doing…

There are so many ways we can reduce our carbon footprints and reduce our waste…

Did you know what impact textile waste has on the environment?  

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84 per cent of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.

When natural fibres, like cotton, linen and silk, or semi-synthetic fibres created from plant-based cellulose, like rayon, Tencel and modal, are buried in a landfill, in one sense they act like food waste, producing the potent greenhouse gas methane as they degrade. But unlike banana peels, you can’t compost old clothes, even if they’re made of natural materials. “Natural fibres go through a lot of unnatural processes on their way to becoming clothing,” says Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. “They’ve been bleached, dyed, printed on, and scoured in chemical baths.” Those chemicals can leach from the textiles and—in improperly sealed landfills—into groundwater. Burning the items in incinerators can release those toxins into the air.

Meanwhile, synthetic fibres, like polyester, nylon and acrylic, have the same environmental drawbacks, and because they are essentially a type of plastic made from petroleum, they will take hundreds of years, if not a thousand, to biodegrade.

It was thanks to Anne Copeland who blogs at All in a day’s breath she opened my eyes to this she also told me how she rarely buys new clothes but recycles and re-styles second-hand clothes that is something which goes on a lot here every market will have at least one stall of second-hand clothes here in Udon Thani we have a huge section and my daughter in law spends hours there we always know where she is going when she says in the afternoon I am just going to the market …Sometimes she comes back with nothing and other times she comes back with some lovely things sometimes still with the labels on…It seems to be a pastime of many Thais they spend hours sorting and chatting it is like social event…

Here are some really cool ways to recycle your unwanted clothes…


That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carry on commenting and letting us all know what you do or any great incentives you have come across… I love to hear from you and if we share our good practices then the world benefits xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

10 thoughts on “Waste Not! Want Not! Week 9…

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  2. D. Wallace Peach

    Wonderful, uplifting post, Carol. The US is slowly starting to get rid of single-use plastics but it’s been on a case by case basis as cities, businesses, and consumers climb on board. I love seeing these efforts as well as the rising awareness and activism regarding what we’re doing to our planet. Extending the use of clothing is a great idea, even if we aren’t handy. Shopping for used clothing is very popular out here in Oregon – especially among the younger generation. 😀

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  3. Teagan R. Geneviene

    I love this post, Carol. When I was a child we had the milkman, delivering milk and (well back then) margarine, although the reusable containers had already gone by the wayside. I think it’s great to bring that back.
    About the sweatshirts, that one is really cute.
    I used to get one that was 1 or 2 sizes too big. Then cut it all the way down the front. (You need the extra size because you’re about to make it smaller by hemming the front.)
    Next I’d cut off the band at the bottom (for a better silhouette) and hem the sweatshirt. Then I would get fabric paint (that has puff, pearlized, or glitter) and make geometric designs and symbols to decorate it.
    Reuse the band you cut away to make loops for a couple of buttons at the neck. If you can find a button that looks like a big fake gem, that’s the crowning touch.
    The more banded parts you cut away and hem, the “dressier” the shirt looks. You can cut away the cuff band and let it be a 3/4 sleeve jacket. I wish I had made a picture of them. I used to make them for my friends. Something fun and whimsical — and comfortable, but cute enough to wear out in public.
    I apologize for the long comment. I didn’t mean to hijack your post. Hugs on the wing!

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