Waste Not! Want Not! Week 11…

Good Morning and my how the weeks fly…Week 11 and every week I come across new exciting projects and it is lovely it is restoring my faith in human nature so many people really do care about the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren.

Here in Asia, much plastic is used it is a hot topic with many initiatives springing up all over the place…A long, long way to go but the signs are good.

Many people holiday abroad and seek out the beaches… BUT and this is where you can help…Are you mindful of how you dispose of your rubbish?… I have witnessed many tourists just leaving the beach and their rubbish with no thought of the environment or who clears up behind them.

What would you rather see this?


Or this?

Please if you are on the beach or on a boat dispose of your rubbish correctly.

Would people do it at home? Many do but many don’t!

The tiny little cigarette butt...

cigarette butt


A tad larger than life here… I don’t smoke …my hubby does… Trust me he knows my feelings…haha…He used to when he was outside in the garden smoking stub them out in my plant pots! He no longer does that…Just in case you can’t tell this was typed through gritted teeth …The man learnt!

Cigarette butts…

The Ocean Conservancy has sponsored a beach cleanup every year since 1986. For 32 consecutive years, cigarette butts have been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over that time. That amounts to about one-third of all collected items and more than plastic wrappers, containers, bottle caps, eating utensils and bottles, combined.

People sometimes dump that trash directly on to beaches but, more often, it washes into the oceans from countless storm drains, streams and rivers around the world. The waste often disintegrates into microplastics easily consumed by wildlife. Researchers have found the detritus ( waste or debris) in some 70 % of seabirds and 30 % of sea turtles.

Those discarded filters usually contain synthetic fibres and hundreds of chemicals used to treat tobacco.

Please if you must smoke dispose of your butts responsibly…Not in the sand or flicked into the sea, not flicked as you walk along the street or out of your car window…Use an ashtray!

ash tray with smoking cigarette

Find a bin…Take it home stick in your cigarette packet…Just don’t flick it and forget…Just remember it has also only taken a cigarette butt carelessly flicked to start a fire…

If you thought they were biodegradable think again…

It may look like cotton, but 98 % of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibres (cellulose acetate) that are tightly packed together, which leads to an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts winding up as toxic trash each year.

Are they biodegradable…No! The plastic fibres in cigarettes are non-biodegradable which means they DO NOT break down organically.

They can gradually decompose depending on the environmental conditions like sun and rain but after 2 years research shows only 38% has decomposed…


I give you Better butts… 

There is nothing better that I love apart from writing is the comments from you… Last week I touched on recycling and Adele sent this link …I love it! So innovative …

Adele shared this great video on how to make tee-shirt yarn it is soooo cool and I will definitely be having a go with my granddaughter. Thank you so much Adele xxx


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 Valentines Day and a brilliant weekend xx



19 thoughts on “Waste Not! Want Not! Week 11…

  1. Adele Marie

    I hope you let us know how you get on with the t-shirt yarn project. I admit I do smoke, I roll my own, can’t stand the “real” cigarettes, but, when out and about I’m aware of where I put my stub. Now, my Aunt Phylis had the right idea, she carried a portable ashtray with her, a little red thing, much like a pill pot and she used it. If people do smoke, it’s a good idea. xxx

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  3. roughwighting

    What a wonderful post and a reminder of how it is up to each of us to take care of this world of ours. Recycling is so important and I am quite conscious of recycling. I actually stop someone who just throws their trash. And many times a trashbin is not far away. Perhaps more education is needed in the schools for our young ones to explain how we must take care of this earth.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think so as well…the other day I saw a whole school marched out as they do here..and taken to the klong(canal) opposite the school and told to clear it out..the amount of rubbish..The kids didn’t look too impressed but hopefully it has taught them not to dump their rubbish… Thank you for leaving your comment I hope you have a great weekend 🙂 x

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      1. roughwighting

        That’s a wonderful thing to hear! Kids don’t need to be impressed about cleaning up, but hopefully the idea of cleaning up trash becomes IMPRESSED in their minds for the rest of their lives!

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I agree I think the same …So fingers crossed the schools do more as trash is a big problem here although there are many positive signs like this one 🙂 Enjoy your weekend 🙂 xx

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  4. johnrieber

    A great post, Carol and so important. I read a book called “Junkyard Planet” that looks at waste around the world, and it’s so important to keep the topic front and center – otherwise we will never get a long-term solution…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, John…It bothers me a lot when I see how people just dumop trash it is dreadful in Asia but getting better people are taking notice..That sounds an interesting book I will look it up. Have a great weekend 🙂 x

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  5. joylennick

    Excellent piece Carol. Trashy people never cease to amaze me in their laziness. There are sufficient, large bins everywhere here in Spain and we have always been tidy ourselves. I’ve seen both Spanish and Brits just toss anything in the gutter near bins rather than squash boxes etc.,or walk an extra few feet. They don’t deserve our beautiful planet… Thank you.

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  7. CarolCooks2 Post author

    That is awful people just seem to leave their manners at home as I am sure many of them would not do it at home…I think fines should be bigger and more people policing places and coming down hard…Plus there should be more on school curriculums. It is great that you do that but you shouldn’t have to 🙂 x


  8. The Coastal Crone

    Our beaches are not too bad, but some tourists seem to think that it is ok to leave their trash on the beach for others to pick. There are volunteers who periodically walk the beaches to collect trash. I hate trash anywhere and pick up when I can as many plastic gets blow into the gulf.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That is awful people just seem to leave their manners at home as I am sure many of them would not do it at home…I think fines should be bigger and more people policing places and coming down hard…Plus there should be more on school curriculums. It is great that you do that but you shouldn’t have to 🙂 x


  9. AllyNikk

    It’s so disappointing! Over here on the west coast of the U.S., our beaches are terrible too. I’ve seen cigarette butts, plastic, glass, nails, staples, and other very harmful things. One of my college professors is hosting a beach clean-up for extra credit points and I’ll be joining in! Slowly, but surely, the world will progress into using less plastic and [hopefully] being more mindful of their garbage. Great post! xo

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