Waste Not! Want Not! The Solutions…

Wow…Have I got a bumper lot of good news on our War on Waste this week…There are so many exceptionally talented people working on new ideas and inventions to utilise waste.

Hemp of which I know very little but I read the news and watch the podcasts and I am learning.

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An ancient plant, records and carbon dating show that wild hemp was used in weaving some 10,000 years ago… In Great Britain Henry V111 encouraged farmers to cultivate hemp to provide materials for the British Naval Fleet. Riggings, pendants, pennants, sails, and oakum were all made from hemp fibre and oil. Hemp paper was used for maps, logs, and even for the Bibles that sailors may have brought on board.

Oakum is the fibre made by twisting old rope, used especially in caulking wooden ships.

There have now been huge strides made in the building industry to find a sustainable building material and it seems hemp is it…


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This could be a new way to build cheaper sustainable housing…

Here we have elevated walkways through the jungle which is a lovely idea and it seems that it is something which city planners in New York City think is a good idea… they have plans to adopt the idea after seeing the plans for one such park in Istanbul who also has little green space to build a park.

Good news for city dwellers as there is often not enough room in cities to build traditional parks.

Balloon releases…How often have you witnesses balloons being sent up into the sky.?…

Whether it is a local tradition at memorials, schools, weddings, and other events. In reality, it is increasingly known that random balloon releases have several harmful implications for the environment.


Bad for the enviroment in many ways they always look so pretty floating away on high but so deadly…

Luckily, balloons and other types of marine debris is completely preventable. There are many decoration alternatives to balloons, such as fabric bunting, lights, paper streamers, all which add some flair to any celebration! If you do use balloons, keep them inside and make sure there is a weight attached to prevent accidental releases.

All marine debris comes from people and as such is completely preventable…Easy…Yes?

What harm does it do? Well the old adage what goes up must come down is very true…they either get snagged on something such as tree branches or electrical wires, deflate and make their way back down, or rise until they pop and fall back to Earth where they can create a lot of problems. Many balloons that are not properly disposed of end up in the ocean and along shores, becoming marine debris…Balloons can be mistaken for food, and if eaten and ingested, balloons and other marine debris can lead to loss of nutrition, internal injury, starvation, and death. String or ribbon that is often found attached to balloons can cause entanglement. The string can wrap around marine life causing injury, illness, and suffocation.

It is a fact that soft debris, like balloon material, is more hazardous to seabirds even though hard plastic accounts for the majority of what they ingest.

But never fear you can still have your pretty balloons and they are and bring so much pleasure just make sure they come from a reputable source.


Bio-degradable Bowls…

There really are so very many options now on the market we just need to look for them…

Sustainable Bedding…I have been reading about bedding made from eucalyptus wood pulp and the company is planting a tree for every tree felled…That’s all well and good…Very climate aware and even vegans friendly…So everyone is happy??? Well if this takes off I do hope they are true to their word as the Koalas can only live in one place in the world, Australia. The koala only eats Eucalyptus leaves and it eats so many leaves, it smells like the leaves. The koala hops from tree to tree and climbs the trees to get the leaves. The koala will eat 2.5 pounds of food a day.


The concern I have is that many of these items ( I am not) cost savvy and don’t know if the manufacturer is any different BUT to me the cost is high…Probably way beyond many peoples budgets so if you are on a limited budget you can’t be fully climate compliant because the cost is a factor?.

I am also concerned that in the quest to find alternative and sustainable ways of making goods does not impact on the wildlife as so many other products have …Just a thought!

Can I have your thoughts on this as I find many new brilliant innovative items are cost prohibited…and at what cost to the natural world…

When it’s hot what do we want we want a drink…A nice, cold bottle of fizzy but we all know that the big manufacturers fill their drinks with sugar and chemicals well drink a Fair Trade Product…


Because of erosion, many beaches in New Zealand have noticeably receeded…This device which changes glass into sand may be just what is needed.

I think it is a good idea as the glass is made from liquid sand and this could also be part of the problem of beaches and lack of sand so this circular economy idea seems to be one which is needed to save our beaches …

I have long thought that cruise ships were one of the biggest sources of pollution in the sea…I mean a month long cruise and ships that hold well …Symphony of the Seas, the current largest cruise ship in the world, can carry up to 6,680 guests. It has 2,759 cabins. Additionally, there are around 2,200 crew on board.

That’s a hell of a lot of waste to store… Scientific brain not required in my book…

Well, justice has been served …Carnival Corp has been fined 20 million dollars after being caught dumping waste into the sea…Again! Not the first time and they are under a probation period of 5 years monitoring…Just a year into that they were caught again…Apparently, all reported “accidents” to me that smacks of lack of staff training or blatant disregard for the rules…

I rest my case...Thank you for reading and for every new thing you do to help our environment we are all in this together for fi=uture generations 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.

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 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 are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

18 thoughts on “Waste Not! Want Not! The Solutions…

  1. clairelomax2018

    I love the idea of the balloons, I love balloon releases, I think they are such a wonderful tribute for a lost one especially but I’ve always refused to take part.

    If we all made small changes it could make a huge difference x

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  2. You Can Always Start Now

    I feel we are still not there in our thinking of the plant. If it takes away or too much work we don’t want to do it. Like balloons. Pretty, deadly, don’t use or make them anymore. Large fines for companies dumping and shame them in the news. So much work to do.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Exactly it seems to affect most aspects of life as we know it…Lots of rethinking to do all-round..Thank you for popping by and your comment 🙂 x


  3. Norah

    Great post and thoughts, Carol. We are all in it together and need to do our bit. I often wish there were comparisons of the environmental effects of choosing one product over another. Sometimes the production is not as sustainable as the marketing tells us. It’s not easy to always make the most sound choice.


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  5. Suzanne

    There are some interesting ideas here. Regarding koalas and eucalypts – they only eat the leaves of one type – the manna gum. In some parts of the country they are in trouble and in other parts they are doing just fine. It’s very odd and the reasons for this are complex. My daughter met a woman who is worried about the nutritional value of the eucalyptus leaves in the trees growing on a local mountain. She says the trees aren’t as nutrient rich as they once were and the koalas are suffering because of that. I hadn’t heard of this before. It sounds weird but maybe it’s true.

    The eucalyptus trees used for making bedding are probably a different type -there are hundreds, possibly thousands of different kinds of eucalypts over here in Oz. No danger of them going extinct though maybe they aren’t as healthy as trees in the past. The eco-system is such a delicately balanced place. It seems like it’s out of wack in all kinds of subtle ways we are only just learning about

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you for clarifying that, Susanne it is interesting I just know that in the past when alternative means of producing a product are found that sometimes that source gets more or less eradicated …But it is true there is much which is out of wack and much to learn ,,,Thank you for taking the time to clarify this..Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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  7. Adele Marie

    Thanks, Carol for another interesting and needful post. Regarding Hemp; it also eats pesticides and soil that has been contaminated. The Japanese are using it to eat the radioactive waste which Fukushima produces. I didn’t know that about Henry the eighth, it is fascinating how much can been done with Hemp. xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I didn’t know about Japan I knew it was pest resistant. Thank you, Adele ,,,I did think of just doing a post on hemp maybe I will as there are so many uses…Have a great weekend 🙂 x



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