Plastic Part 6…PET and Climate Change…

There has been so much in the news about Climate change that I thought I would break it down and explain how it comes about…

green foot prints eco system

Climate change is bought about by Global Warming which is characterized by a general increase in average temperatures of the Earth, which modifies the weather balances and ecosystems for a long time. It is directly linked to the increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, worsening the greenhouse effect.

Although the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon the increase in greenhouse gases is linked to human activities.

The massive use of fossil fuels is obviously the first source of global warming, as burning coal, oil and gas produce carbon dioxide – the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere – as well as nitrous oxide.

I have previously mentioned how everything I talk about in my blogs is interlinked one has an effect on another…and so it goes…

Fossil fuels are used to produce PET…( Polyethylene Terephthalate)


This is the most commonly used plastic for consumer products which include:- Water bottles, soda bottles and some food packaging.

It is intended for single use only….One time usage…as reusing increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. It may leach carcinogens and should NOT be reused.

Still confused about the numbers on plastic bottles then click here for a guide

So to the solution...The first way to prevent climate change is to move away from fossil fuels. What are the alternatives? Renewable energies like solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.



The German government realise what a problem this is and plan to close all 84 of their coal powered power plants.…/la-fg-germany-coal-power…

Roughly 27 % of Germany’s electricity is from renewables; the goal is at least 80 % by 2050. Following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors and pledged to close the rest by the end of 2022. It sounds to me like Germany are serious about using renewable fuel.

Italy voted overwhelmingly to keep their country non-nuclear. Switzerland and Spain have banned the construction of new reactors.

However, statistics show China and the USA are the largest users of fossil fuels which makes for scary reading…

Which brings me to the conclusion that all these demonstrators do have a point…Governments need to be made to take notice particularly the ones at the top of the list as they are certainly making a huge contribution to Global Warming.

It is heartening to read about towns which are making their own efforts to combat Global Warming like the Finnish town of  Li in Northern Finland 

Globally is it going to be enough? I do hope so…

China who are top of the list for burning fossil fuel and it seems their answer is to deploy the army to plant trees…All well and good but is it addressing the true problem?

Thank you for reading and I do invite your comments what do you think about the most polluted country planting trees????

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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 I bid you 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!

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


11 thoughts on “Plastic Part 6…PET and Climate Change…

  1. Pingback: Plastic…Part 8…It can’t all be recycled…Or can it? | Retired? No one told me!

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    Absolutely Excellent post Carol, yes I agree lots of the natural effects of green house gases are proven to happen periodically we have have ups and downs in temperatures over the millions of years. But our own carbon footprints will escalate what happens now more dramatically than we have seen in our earth-core or ice-core records.
    We as consumers have a responsibility to our planet and we HAVE to begin to change our habits and ways of being.
    I too feel very passionate about our Earth Mother and those of us who look after our earth, grow our own crops etc, know how it will affect the food chain in the future.
    A great post to begin my week back here in WP Carol..
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your heart in making others aware.. ❤
    Much love ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much Sue for your encouraging words we grow as much as we can and if I do buy producew I use farmers markets and local farmers but that is very much the way of life here so I am lucky…Enjoy your week…Hugs 🙂 xx

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