Recycling and Climate Change…27th January 2020…Banana Leaf Technology and Roof Top Gardens…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views.

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The banana tree…here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated  means  Fruit of wise  men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue oy.

Seasons vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry. Did you know that?

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on,  wrap food for steaming and cooking or used as containers…like these pictured here …They nestle nicely inside my shopping bag without the need for a plastic bag.

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It also only bears fruit one time and then little ones for the next crop grow out from the bottom of the plant a perpetual cycle…Which means rather than just letting the tree go to compost the leaves are utilised…before they are turned into compost…Circular recycling at its best.

A young scientist when he was only 15 years old got to thinking about how he could utilise this natural product…This is the result…

All the things I see locally here using banana leaves are great this is taking it one step further and making it longer lasting …

This gladdens my heart and gives me hope when I see young people experimenting at home in mums or nan’s kitchen and producing a natural recyclable product out of potential waste…Like Orange peel, coffee grounds, watermelon skin or banana peel to name just a few…I am going to source some moulds and get Aston working on some egg cups as they also won’t break when bounced like all my others…


This young student has taken it a step further using industrial juice waste to create this  Bio-Peel,  unveiled by design student Denny Handley who studies at Brunel University, London his idea blends waste orange peels with a mixture of other biodegradable products to create a new packaging material that’s strong, malleable and environmentally friendly.

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

Snow I know many of you are experiencing quite a lot of the white stuff…These e-sledges don’t disturb nature or pollute the environment…

Travellers to Finnish Lapland wanting to make their adventure as sustainable as possible can now experience the snowy landscape the zero-emission way via electronic snowmobile thanks to Aurora eMotion.

Aurora eMotion, the first and only electric snowmobile safari provider in the world, operates safaris in Finnish Lapland on emission-free and silent eSleds without disturbing the silent peace of wintry nature and with no harm to the surrounding environment and wildlife.

Thank you, Tori, for sending me this…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…

So much great news…Now, who have I put in my naughty corner this week?

Not really any surprise that it’s a drinks manufacturer…Coca Cola...


Image by WikimediaImages from Pixabay

Their spokesperson is blaming you…Yep…Blaming the consumer…They say you like bottles and that they should be listening to YOU!

They say they are going to concentrate on recycling…However, we all know that many of the plastics used for bottles are made from the type of plastic which cannot be recycled in many local recycle plants as they need specialist recycling due to the plastic they are made of…

Greenpeace USA…had something to say about that…

In a statement emailed to EcoWatch, Greenpeace USA Plastics Campaigner Kate Melgesexplained exactly what she thought was wrong with Perez’s reasoning:

It is mighty convenient for the world’s worst plastic polluter to insist that people want their single-use plastic around. Coca-Cola continues to show how out of touch it is with the environmental crises communities around the world are facing. The solution is not to simply swap one throwaway material for another or continue to fall back on recycling. The solution is for Coca-Cola and other consumer goods giants to fundamentally rethink how they’re bringing products to people, centering systems of reuse and package-free options. We cannot afford the levels of inaction that Coke has shown thus far. Soon, the company will realize just how sick and tired people are of its plastic addiction.

What can we do? That’s easy isn’t it? We are the consumer ….We have a choice what we buy….We could quite easily just stop purchasing Coca Cola…Will you?

On a happier note…John Rieber told me about how Kelly Clarson on her show was promoting Grow your own With Jennifer Garner..there is now a rooftop garden on top of the television studio building…The show was the Sept 11th ( one) I had missed…Well worth watch and good to see celebrities getting behind this Grow Your own….Thank you, John.

How cool is that? John always wows me with some of his gastronomic finds pop over and enjoy x

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments 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

29 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…27th January 2020…Banana Leaf Technology and Roof Top Gardens…

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  2. FrugalHausfrau

    I wasn’t able to visit much for a while (any blogs) because I had sustained a lot of injuries and it was such a struggle just to try to keep my blog going, but I’ve enjoyed reading yours from the start and I love the direction you’ve taken! I may not be able to get back and read everything I’ve missed but I’m enjoying each new post!!

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  4. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Brilliant as always Carol and we could use some banana leaves around here. I am buying more and more loose vegetables as my mother did.. straight into her basket and taken home. Why I love shopping in smaller shops with personal service and not this mass marketing experience.. in the blogger daily later..hugs

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally…I much pefer shopping attthe markets or the small shops although I don’t have a ton of choice even if I wanted to although saying that the selction of vegetables and fruit is huge and fresh in that shop…It just differnt here people buy and eat so much more fresh fruit and vegetables..Thank you in adavance for the share for later Hugs xx

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  5. tidalscribe

    We went to Southampton on Friday, a dismal day, but we discovered John Lewis has a roof garden and a farm shop; a little show case for their products that come from the farm where the original John Lewis lived.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      How lovely, Janet I am sure it brightened a dull day…I think there should be a big push in towns to grow roof gardens everywhere…It would help the bees and provide homegrown food …I can but dream 🙂 My dad, my grandad all my uncles all had kitchen gardens and then it didn’t become popular to buy fast food and easy shopping took over…such a shame…

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  6. johnrieber

    Carol, I shared this around…thanks SO much for including the clip of Kelly Clarkson’s rooftop garden…Kelly has a LOT of Chefs on, and they all use the herbs and produce growing in the gardens on the roof of the studio! I also told you about “Aquaman” Jason Mamoa and how he came on the show and spoke about his water line that does NOT use plastic at all…every small step takes us closer to new ways of living that don’t harm the planet!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, John it was a pleasure to share…Yes, you did and all these things like Jason’s water line help towards the bigger picture which is great….It all gives me hope 🙂 x


  7. Alethea Kehas

    I was so happy to see the electric snowmobiles! I’ve been waiting for these to be developed and I hope that they catch on around here. Snowmobiling is quite popular around here and they are so noisy and polluting!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Maybe contact the company and give them the names of any businesses or give the business the company name…Maybe they don’t know…They certainly sound much better than the old petrol/diesel models and far cleaner 🙂

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  8. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    You’re welcome about the links. 🙂

    I was disgusted when I saw about the Cola bottles, and don’t know where they get their ideas from, considering most people I know miss the glass bottles they used to use. We don’t buy soft drinks often any more (these days I drink mainly water, tea, or smoothies) but it certainly will make me think twice about choosing Cola as my option when I do fancy some pop.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I was also, Tori..Thing is they won’t get recycled properly I just hope Joe Public reads and thinks up yours I ain’t buying your bottles. Good for you, Tori…We don’t drink fizzy pop anyway neither do the kids I may buy a bottle at Xmas as a treat but I was the same with my kids I never buy fizzy drinks.


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