Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…There have now been some alarming instances of dust storms…

Australia really is having such a tough time of it…One does wonder what the health implications are going to be as well as environmental concerns.

After my little rant last week which I am not going to apologise for one iota as it has to be said…HOWEVER…

Time for some good news…

There are many factors which all intertwine and make the bigger picture there is no one single cause of Climate Change it is a chain of events…

There are also certain practices and animals which feature in man’s survival on this planet…One of these is Bees…A tiny little flying insect which is vital to the continuation of this planet…

honey bee

It is admirable all of you who are planting wildflower gardens…please keep it up..But also take it one step further as it is a known fact that neonicotinoid insecticides used on farms to repel bugs have caused the dramatic decline in bee populations.

Due to these concerns, the EU banned three of these insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, but France went further and banned the remaining two as well, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.

They were the first country to introduce a total ban…Well done France.

Bees pollinate a third of our food supply and over 90% of all wild plants, so they are critical for global food production.

We can ensure that if we use fertilisers or weedkillers that they do not contain any chemicals which will help decimate the be population any further…We need to listen to beekeepers…

I know you live in a city and there are lots of high rises…They are ideal and we should take advantage of any space however small like this hospital.


I love our Royal Family and always will I think they are a great asset to Britain… Prince Charles has always been an avid environmentalist and obviously, this has had an effect this had an effect on his sons who champion many environmental projects…

The Earthshot Prize is one such Global Challenge backed by Prince William…

Prince William, who made the announcement on 31 December 2019, said: “The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth”

A marvellous opportunity to make a difference and help save the world.

I am proud of how much is going on in and around the UK…The National Trust which is a treasured institution in my eyes has announced it will plant 20 million new trees in the UK within 10 years, creating 18,000 hectares of new woodland, as part of the charity’s plan to step up the battle against climate change.

This is one example of their work going forward…

The National Trust celebrates its 125th year this year, it has vowed to continue work to reverse the decline in nature through a range of projects, including helping clean up the nation’s rivers and waterways, reintroduce species and repurpose land in favour of woodland and carbon sequestration.

It is also good news when you see the major stores taking positive steps towards sustainability…Asda is another major store to take this step Waitrose already encourage shoppers to bring their own containers…It looks like Asda is also taking that one step further…

In addition to the refill stations, the store will include a “naked florist” offering plastic-free flowers and loose produce with items such as cucumbers and mushrooms being taken out of their plastic packaging. There will also be a range of new recycling facilities, including a reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and cans, hanger recycling and a deposit box for unwanted small plastic toys.

How do you feel about taking your own containers to stores and filling up…?

Here in Thailand the stores and shops are really taking on board the plastic bag ban…If you don’t take your own bags you will have your arms full as they are not handing out bags…The next step will be the markets and the drink vendors so watch this space..

Let’s have a look at other brands which are taking sustainability more seriously…

For some people, time plays a big role in the time they have to spend shopping or transport may be an issue so a company who delivers, recycles for you may be the answer…

Loop…Loop is a global circular shopping platform designed to eliminate the idea of waste by transforming the products and packaging of everyday items from single-use to durable, multi-use, feature-packed designs.

Cruise Ships…I have read with great alarm at some cruise companies who are blatantly even after receiving huge fines still dumping rubbish in the sea so I was heartened to read about this shipping company which has the bold intention of becoming the world’s first plastic-free shipping line, Hurtigruten is leading the charge. After completely cutting out single-use plastic in summer 2018, the company is taking it further, arranging beach cleans for guests and crew members, monitoring ocean pollution and even launching the world’s first battery-powered cruise, which set off on its maiden voyage on 2 July 2019.

How cool is that I may even book a cruise now…

My roving reporter Tori Zigler... sends me the latest news from the UK…It is much appreciated, Tori…Thank you, xx

Tori has written some beautiful children’s books which if you are looking for that special little gift then pop over and have a look…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…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.

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 great week xx

52 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

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  2. Liz Gauffreau

    I’ve been thinking about disposable diapers. I remember some years back reading how landfills were filling up with them, and they don’t biodegrade. I’m wondering what the current thinking on disposable diapers is in terms of the environment.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      A topic which takes centre stage every so often, Liz ..I don’t think there is still a definitive answer, even if cloth nappies like I used become the norm they still have to be washed although there are wash programmes which save energy and they can dry outside…I loved seeing the white nappies all in a row blowing in the wind…However, most nappies/diapers marketed as either biodegradable or eco-friendly cannot be composted, because they include various synthetic components. There are a few single-use nappies/diapers on the market that can be composted…but typically, only in commercial or industrial compost settings and not in the home or backyard compost bins. Seriously I think it is one product for which there will never be a satisfactory alternative apart from an outright ban which many gi=overnments would not risk doing as boith backlash from manufacturers and parents would be enourmous…I have found a link to one tiny country which is planning just that….Have a great week 🙂 xx


  3. D. Wallace Peach

    This is the second post I’ve read today, Carol, about some of the positive things happening on the climate change front, and not just in our backyards but in governments and businesses across the world. Some movements are gaining momentum, and perhaps the disasters in Australia are giving them a boost. The US government has its head in the sand, so states and cities are taking the lead. In my state, we must all carry our own bags to the store – so effortless. More change coming and more than welcome.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That pleasing to hear and sad that the government is not stepping up, Diana …I think you are correct that the sheer scale of Australia’s bush fires and now dust clouds it makes you wonder just where it will end. Good to hear that individual states are stepping up. It is so easy once you get used to remembering to take your own bags or containers…Have a lovely week, Diana 🙂 x

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  4. dgkaye

    Thanks for keeping us abreast of what’s being done on healthier planet living Carol. Every bit makes a difference and I really do believe many are hopping on the eco friendlier train ❤

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      1. OIKOS™-Publishing

        Will do my best, Carol. Last evening we had one of two hillbilly-meetings. Lol Always full of chaos, and irresistible crazy too. I am always asking myself why to visit, but its to funny to know, how much money of EU funds is burnt next. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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  5. tidalscribe

    We always support the National Trust and people probably walk in many green and coastal areas without realising they have been rescued by the NT.
    It’s a pity the press haven’t talked more about Earthshot than Harry and Megan!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know, Janet.. The problem is many people love and feed that sort of reporting and in the main they are the people who will do nothing for Climate Change… I think the National. Trust is a wonderful institution…

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  6. johnrieber

    Carol, The Kelly Clarkson Talk Show has a garden on the roof of the studio, where they grow vegetables and herbs that are used in the cooking segments on the show…the young man behind the concept has been featured not he show twice and Actress Jennifer Garner christened it – there is a plaque acknowledging the “Jennifer Gardener” garden….it’s amazing where you can plant a garden and create life!

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    Another excellent post Carol and I have not used plastic bags now for over 20 years and have a colourful collection of bags for life which come in handy for so many different purposes. Good news about the larger food shops and excellent that one shipping line at least is doing something constructive. I have my suspicions that much of the oceanic waste is from the estimated 55,000 large ships at sea at any given time… their rubbish going overboard every day mounts up… will pop in the blogger daily.. hugs

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  9. petespringerauthor

    I commend stores such as Asda for trying to reduce waste. This activism seems to go deeper than just trying to get some good PR.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think so Pete I think they know that people are changing and that customers expect stores to take action. …Although I do read about people objecting to some moves like when McDonalds tried using paper straws. I do have some little niggles though and hope that all these instore collection points etc are being recycled correctly and not dumped into landfill etc….

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  10. Stevie Turner

    On TV we see people marching for action to be taken against global warming/climate change. I wonder if action will ever be taken, because to do so would cause many thousands of people to lose their livelihoods; coal miners, coal merchants, lumberjacks, hauliers… the list goes on and on, and resistance would come thick and fast along with any action taken.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think there has to be a happy medium, Stevie while there is a choice if things are ignored then at some point there will only be stark choices. As you say the scenario you have envisaged would be too extreme. When I see crowds and people marching and protesting firstly I think they need to look at areas of their own lives where they can improve. I also worry that actions like this cause knee jerk reactions from politicians which aren’t always the correct actions to take .Th.ese are worrying times though with extreme weather conditions happening around the world.

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  11. Adele Marie

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Carol’s weekly recycling and climate change news. If you are concerned about our lack of trees you can switch to a search engine called Ecosa they plant trees for every search they do. Check it out.

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  12. Cosmic Traveller7

    Wonderful post! I Have as many wild flowers as possible in my garden.. I also DON’T cut the grass.. it hasn’t been cut for 3 years.. I only cut a path through it.. for me and the critters… by not cutting the grass it encourages MORE wildflowers to grow.. MORE bee’s and MORE wildlife enters my garden than ever before… I am just one person but I’m doing MY best to help OUR ailing planet.

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