Waste and recycling…Golf Balls…Plastic and Rubber…

The sea…A vast beautiful place…How much sea covers the earth???

Some scientists say we should call our planet ‘Water’ instead of ‘Earth’, since water covers about 71% of the planet’s surface. The area of the ocean surface is 1.40 x (10 to the power of 8) miles². (3.62 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). The area of the land surface is 5.75 x (10 to the power of 7) miles² (1.49 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). There is over 2.4 times as much water area than land area.

How big is a golf ball?

The standard golf ball used in the United States is a minimum of 1.68 in (4.26 cm) in diameter; the British ball is slightly smaller.

A golf ball is made of plastic and rubber…FACT.

golf course surrounded by water

Doesn’t that look beautiful? Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days there following their passion for the game of golf? I mean the sheer size and volume of water against the size of a golf ball…What difference is that tiny ball going to make in the scheme of things?? What golfer gives a thought about the bigger picture it’s just another ball in the water…Plenty more where that one came from…

But it doesn’t stop there does it???

I don’t play golf…I know my kids in the past have been paid for collecting golf balls from the lake at a local golf club…It was the lovely Adele Marie Park who alerted me to this…Thank you so much, Adele, it really is a problem…x

I don’t know what it is about the sea …It’s sheer vastness but it seems that many people think that their bit of rubbish in the great scheme of things doesn’t matter…WELL, IT DOES!


Do you have your reusable coffee cup…Do you use it and take it out with you?

All last week I have been using Ecosia... It is a search engine with a difference…Many search engines now promise not to store or sell details of your searches and yes this is one of the promises that Ecosia make but they also promise to be transparent as to where their money comes from and plant a tree for every search you make…How good is that and if you click on their site you will get a running total of how many trees and where have been planted to date… It is now my default search engine and I am very happy with it so far and to be able to know that my internet searches are doing some good …Every little helps!

ecosia logo

However, if you are like me and always have a question then this report should answer them all…

This is an interesting one...Fizzy Drinks could soon be carbonated using gas emissions from factories… Soon means 20 years by my calculations…I know that there are logistics and lots of other factors to be considered but 20 years…Are there not other schemes which can be adopted and working in less time than this as if we listen to all the news as a planet we don’t have 20 years…Just saying…

Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial centre by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse their polluting gases or by moving to lower carbon fuels such as hydrogen, it said on Thursday.

The government said it will commit up to £170 million ($215 million) to the project, which could include capturing emissions from factories and reusing them in industries such as brewing to put the fizz in drinks. That’s a lot of money…I can think of many things which would cost far less and have a shorter timescale and work…

This one shows initiative ...How to make biodegradable plastic from Cactus plants…


I hate waste especially food waste and I am loving that I am hearing and reading so much about how schools around the world are tackling this…Teachers are on the ground and they see the kids who come to school dirty and hungry and some have washing machines and wash the kid’s clothes others such as this do not just feed the kids while they are at school but think about what happens out of school evening, weekends and school holidays…

A school district in Indiana is working to provide take-home meals for students in need to ensure they have enough food to eat over the weekends.

Elkhart Community Schools teamed up with a non-profit group called Cultivate to create a pilot program that will provide weekend meals for a small group of children at Woodland Elementary, WSBT reported.

The district’s goal is to expand the program to feed more students in neighbouring schools.

What a brilliant initiative…As is this one…School kids can pay school fees with plastic isn’t that brilliant and then they are turning them into eco bricks…

So many good initiatives by people, not governments…People and I think if we all pull together and do our bit however small we will show the governments what the people can do…xxx

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward 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!

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 are all having a great week xx

28 thoughts on “Waste and recycling…Golf Balls…Plastic and Rubber…

  1. Anne Copeland

    I always enjoy reading your blog, Carol. I have not been too involved of late other than what I have to do because I am the main and for all practical purposes, only caregiver of my Richard, who had his second cervical surgery May 20 and is still struggling to do normal things. His right arm is almost useless, and since he is right-handed, that has produced a lot of difficulties. Anyway, we are muddling along, but I wanted you to know that even if I don’t respond to columns much, I still enjoy them when I am able. Happy and safe 4th. We had a 6.6 earthquake about an hour and a half away from here, so yes, we felt a little here.


  2. dgkaye

    Excellent article Carol. I can’t believe that many golf balls clogging up the oceans. And I’ll definitely be giving up fizzy water when they start carbonating with gas emmisions. Dear Lord! xx


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think we would all be surprised at what is in the ocean, Sharon I have watched so many videos I don’t know why I am still shocked ..Yes there are some great inititiatives 🙂


  3. robbiesinspiration

    I can imagine that golf balls in the sea is very problematic for the sea creatures, given their size. Easily swallowed by large fish. The idea of recycling the plastic for ecobricks is a great one, Darlene. Lots of people are really trying.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Very, Robbie, the rubbish is horrendous going into the sea…But recycling into bricks is a great idea we just need more on a bigger scale as so many people are really trying to do their bit unfortunately many governments are not 🙂 xx

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  5. petespringerauthor

    I play golf every couple of years. I never got good enough at it to take it too seriously; it’s more an excuse to hang out with friends. One time when I was playing our local course, a diver suddenly emerged (that gets your attention) from a water hole with an incredible number of balls that he had collected. That isn’t shocking since it was a golf course, but I’ve also seen people purposely hitting golf balls into the Pacific Ocean. What could they possibly be thinking?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I really don’t know , the answer to that one, Pete…I would like to think everyone is more aware now and that practise has stopped but I am guessing it hasn’t…


  6. Norah

    Your posts really pack a punch, Carol. You include so much valuable information. I couldn’t believe the golf ball situation. It’s heartbreaking. I hadn’t heard of Ecosia. I’ll have to check it out. The article about it to which you linked was interesting too. And you followed those stories up with good news from around the world. Every little bit helps, but, as you say, 20 years is a long time. I hope we solve more of these issues before that time is up.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes so do I, Norah…It is very confusing though as many scientists are giving out conflicting information..One video I watched the other day said 5 years…Who do we believe they all think they are correct. I have used Ecosia for two weeks now and so far I am happy with it and the trees are planting 🙂 x

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