Once again a very warm welcome to this week’s recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…and …said very quietly Christmas…I would also like to extend my thanks to all of you who support and comment on these posts. I know how passionate many of you are about not only the environment but recycling, our food chain, and manufacture…
I do try very hard to keep these posts as upbeat as I can as no one wants to read doom and gloom all the time, HOWEVER…I do think we all need to be aware of what goes on around us we cannot continue to bury our heads and live in our own little bubbles while child labour deforestation, climate change, chemicals in our food chain, animal testing, fracking, starvation, food waste, etc, etc merrily goes on…
Much of it is endemic I have come to believe and unless governments and manufacturers take a stand it won’t happen and we all know why?
We as individuals and consumers need to take a stand many won’t …sheep…But I fervently hope many will…warriors…One and all we all have a part we can play…Mums, dads, grandparents human or animal we all should educate and protect our young.
I am not downhearted I am in this for the long game…
Many countries are paying lip service to plastic, child labour and the like…Targets are set with a deadline I see targets for 2025, 2030, 2050 …That does not hearten me…I know some things take time…Not so here…2020…
I woke up to this headline…
No More Plastic Bags In Thailand From 2020
If you’re planning to go shopping in Thailand, you should probably bring a shopping bag with you!
An example of this was when I went shopping the other day and was told at the till( I always take my bags) “No more bags madam”
Me…Is that just for today?
Cashier…No madam forever…
Me…Big smile…Great News!
In an effort to minimize plastic waste, Thailand will be curbing the use of plastic bags at shopping malls and department stores nationwide, from the beginning of 2020.
This will be the first step for Thailand to eradicate any single-use plastic by 2021.
Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Warawut Silpa-Archa said that the country needs to reduce its sea waste.
She told Thai newspaper, Khaosod English that it’s time for Thailand to start thinking about the environment.
So far, at least 43 shopping malls and department stores will be participating in the program.
If you’re thinking of going to Thailand next year, it’s probably best for you to bring your own shopping bags… just in case.
Next step…The Thai government is also working on a 6-year plan to ban other types of plastics including cap seals, oxo-degradable plastics, microbeads, styrofoam packaging, straws and cups.
I witnessed this yesterday when wandering among the Krathong sellers stalls…Not a sign of styrofoam all-natural products from the banana tree.
The banana, unlike many trees, although technically classed as a herb, only produces fruit once and then new trees shoot up from its base to produce fruit and the cycle continues…Instead of dumping the waste the stems and the leaves are used…Circular recycling is done simply…
Another simple idea...For me, simple ideas are the best…
Precious Plastics…They are one to watch…
Closer to home…Well not in miles but a reader of this blog Is Steve Tanham…He is making eco-bricks with his plastic and what a great idea it is something we could all do…the kids could do…So pop over to Steve’s blog say hello to him and see how he does it!
Thank you, Steve, for sharing this with us…x
Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories…xx
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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our home’s carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…
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!
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx