Recycling and Climate Change…The Good News…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimise rubbish and clean up the world …I do think we all need to take part though and learn just how and what can be recycled as many things are made from a mixture of various types of plastics which then means they need specialist recycling. I am much more aware when I buy something now as to its composition so that in the event it will need recycling at some stage I know where and how…or even if it can be recycled. Are you?

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I have decided that in the run up to Christmas and with all the election news and impeachments etc etc…Mondays will be a good news day…

As Christmas is coming I thought that I should turn our thoughts to batteries as there will be many of these sold and thrown away…

Batteries contain several poisonous chemicals and heavy metals and their dumping has attracted environmental concerns due to contamination of water and soil. As such, batteries need recycling to comply with environmental and health benefits.

Happy Hour… 

Happy Hour is traditionally something which denotes bars and drinking on holiday who doesn’t gravitate towards the bars where the cocktails are half price between 4pm and 7 pm???

If you live in Finland however…Supermarkets have taken a step forward and have a happy  hour each day where perishable products are sold cheaper with aim of cutting food waste…What a brilliant idea as not only does it help people on limited budgets but cuts waste food…It is a win-win situation all round…

A brilliant idea which could be adopted around the world…

Who doesn’t love fish? Not so fish guts…well unless you live Asia where products like Phla are made and used in cookery…Not something everyone likes…including moi…

But this enterprising young lady who was a student at the University of Sussex held her nose and developed a plastic-like material made from scales and skin. Not only is it made from waste, but it’s also biodegradable.

Using solar power is on the increase and what better way than to harness energy by natural means…


This new hybrid device also uses solar energy…

So many good new ideas and I think a far better and faster way to help the environment than relying on banning gas-guzzling means of transport…People don’t always react well to being told to stop doing/using this now scenario…But do react much better to ways of using what is created…Like the young lady with the fish guts what she said made sense…

I read an article the other day and when I started reading it I was mentally preempting what would come next and I was correct it was all about not eating beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish because of the methane and other environmental harm they are perceived to cause…No mention of course of power plants and factories…It didn’t stop there…Bananas, almonds, butter were also on the list ..When telling my son he mentioned the V-word immediately…as being the author…

Of course, we should be looking at the carbon footprint of the goods we buy and buy local and in season…

But we should be praising and encouraging all these good ideas which are harnessing what we have already and benefitting the environment.

Here in Thailand, the quest to stop using single-use plastic bags by January 2020 is in full swing…

137 branches of 7 Eleven across Thailand will stop providing plastic bags from Monday as part of a trial before a nationwide ban comes into force at the start of 2020. The Nation reports that the step is being taken in support of a government policy to reducing the use of single-use plastic.

137 branches out of 10,300 stores in Thailand isn’t many, but it’s a start. Considering how many bags are used on a daily basis I am impressed at how quickly this ban is being taken forward…no if’s and but’s just do it is the message…


Finally…22 great inventions and products…..saving the earth seems to be in full swing…


Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories we would love to hear them…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 own homes 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…

green foot prints eco system


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

44 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…The Good News…

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I understand how you feel. But I also feel there is no point in stressing …I have been writing these posts for a while and am preaching to the converted most of the time but if even one person recycles plastic imperfectly then it is better than doing nothing. We can change things by educating those around us children and grandchildren and that’s a start. Much is done by individuals around the world which is good…Will it be enough I don’t know and I can’t stop it but I can do what I can…:)

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  2. Felipe Adan Lerma

    What a wonderful post, Carol! Love the good news and the links to more info – thanks so much! Oh, and I actually found this post via two layers of reblogs starting w/China Alexandria’s blog Living the Dream – shows the value of this post! ❤️

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  4. Italian Goodness

    Hi Carol, I love your way to be positive about the environment problem. People out there care, and so much can be done. I will share for sure your post, full of optimism and concrete ideas for a good change!!! #SeniSal

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  5. johnrieber

    Another terrific roundup of great ways we are working to save our planet…I find the fish gut idea particularly genius…and selling food before it gets too old to eat is exactly what we should be doing!

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      1. johnrieber

        Kelly Clarkson did have the young people on her show to discuss ways to clean our oceans…and they are going to continue to showcase new thinking that is designed to save our future!

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  6. tidalscribe

    I still don’t understand how batteries work, but that video showed that recycling the batteries is a positive action. asy for us as several shops and our local libnraries have recycling tubs for batteries – though I often come home still with a pocket ful of batteries having forgotten to pop them in the tub!
    Recycled Xmas is going quite well – I was up late sewing the pockets on to the crocheted Advent calendar before our daughter went back home on Sunday. Now her nearly two and four year old boys both have an Advent calendar. No chocolate in the pockets, but little pictures cut out of Christmas cards! Like last year the adults are going to have Secret Santa, but this time as well as the price limit the idea will be to get presis at charity shops! I am not sure how to post a picture of the calendar, maybe I’ll give it a blog of its own!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Wow-what a busy bee you are..I am impressed…I think it is a great idea to do a blog post I will definitely share it. I think your grandchildren have great role models. Christmas should be like that it isn’t about money spent it is aabout caring and buying that special present given with thought and much love…What a special Christmas you are planning..Hugs xx

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  7. cestlaviveee

    With all the climate changes, it is absolutely imperative that that we learn what we can do to minimize waste. It’s really nice to see that a lot of restaurants now in Toronto are switching to paper straws rather than plastic. We need more of this. That’s awesome that Thailand is discontinuing the use of plastic bags!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, it is…They do have a get it done now attitude here once a decision is made to do something and in this case, it is a good decision as the use of plastic is a big problem here. But around the world, there are lots of positive signs of change. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment…Hope to see you again 🙂

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  8. koolkosherkitchen

    Little steps begin at home and go a long way, This week we were all pleasantly surprised when, at our congregation lunch water was served in reusable glass bottles, instead of the usual individual plastic bottles. That had been the initiative of two young people, one of whom bought and donated a set of bottles, while the other one bought and installed a water filter (water is Florida is not drinkable without filtration). Little by little, Carol!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That’s great to hear, Dolly…Baby steps are good a positive way forward…I didn’t know that water wasn’t drinkable in Florida though without filtration that surprises me 🙂 xx

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        Most of Florida is reclaimed swampland. Our South Beach is a tiny island. We regularly get flooded during the rain season. Add to that hordes of tourists – not for nothing we are called “the European playground! – and our environment is going you-know-where in a hand basket. No mater how much they chlorinate water, yucky stuff still seeps in.

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