Recycling and Climate Change…2nd March 2020…Good news all round…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the latest news on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you so much to everyone who reblogged and commented last week…Your comments are valuable to me and even when I am feeling a little up they brighten my day…It is lovely to see how many of you are doing what you can to recycle, buy local, grow your own very heartening…

My post on making charcoal last week also received many comments and it made me think especially when I read about friends who are having regular outages where they live it made me thing=k that many people would really be at a loss if they didn’t have electric and that maybe we should be thinking of alternatives …Just in case…

Once again Tori has provided me with a bit of news on circular recycling…Thank you, Tori...

Mexican engineers have created a bio-material, vegan leather made from mango waste for use in the shoes and textile industries.

The eco-friendly textile, manufactured by the Guanajuato-based Polybion company, is sourced from organic waste, like mango seeds and fruit skins.

I would…However, I do think many of these cost an arm and a leg and many people who are on a limited budget cannot afford them.

Lent…  It has already started 26th February until 9th April so you could still participate…How about giving up plastic instead of chocolate…

This is no longer a problem we can shut our eyes to (and we should have cared about those affected in other areas way sooner). It’s not just the fact that plastic doesn’t biodegrade; plastic pieces attract cancer, hormone-disrupting, diabetes-causing chemicals the longer they stay in the sea. And that plastic then enters the fish we eat, the water we drink and the salt we use. The bioaccumulation of plastic – the fact that it’s getting into our food chain – should freak us out…

Free Electricity…Is this possible? Historically, hydropower has been created by damming rivers and installing turbines inside the dams, which can be damaging to fish and the river itself.

Yes, it is...if you live in Portland, Oregon, your lights are now powered in part by the water flowing through your pipes.

The city recently installed new municipal water pipes equipped with four 42-inch turbines that create electricity from the water passing through them.

Tap-water hydropower creates virtually no effect on wildlife, as it is simply harnessing the energy of water that’s already flowing through the pipes.

“It’s pretty rare to find a new source of energy where there’s no environmental impact,” says Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, the Portland-based startup that designed the new system.

“But this is inside a pipe, so no fish or endangered species are impacted. That’s what’s exciting.”

Another bonus about hydro-power is, unlike wind and solar, it’s always working as long as the water is flowing.

The turbines can only be installed in places where municipal water pipes flow downhill, as using electricity to pump water through them would defeat the purpose.

How exciting is that?

Candles...Pass It On candles – which are made from100% soy wax and free of any dyes, parabens, paraffin or phthalates – pay tribute to iconic travel destinations that are endangered due to climate change.

They include The Amazon which features a goj berry and Tarocco blood orange scent; The Alps with its wildflower scent of freesia and English pear; The Great Barrier Reef featuring wood sage and sea salt; and The Taj Mahal with its white tea and ginger fragrance.

Some great scented candles and for one who knows that candles can be toxic, they can be made of paraffin—a petroleum byproduct—which releases carcinogenic soot when burned. It is lovely to see a candle which is 100% good for the climate…

Naughty Corner…

No surprises here once again it seems like Coc Cola, Pepsi and some of the world’s biggest food, beverage and product manufacturers are being sued by the Bay Area Group who are fed up with plastic pollution poisoning everything.

Good News!

Equinor has abandoned its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight for commercial reasons…Norwegian company Equinor has become the third major fossil fuel producer to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Drilling has been fiercely opposed by environmental groups who warned about a catastrophic spill.

The downside of this news is that the Federal Government is disappointed but supportive of future drilling.

Has anyone given much thought to what they want to happen when they die…For a long time, I have wanted to go up in a firework I need to check just how climate-friendly they are…I am a believer however that we need to plant more trees…This seems a perfect way…Save trees as many coffins are made of wood and increase the trees planted ..Win , win it seems…

Trees …I t is lovely to hear that Madagascar is planting 60 million trees…Wow, that is amazing why 60 million how was that figure arrived at?

The island nation celebrates 60 years of independence this year, and the start of the planting campaign on Jan. 19 marked one year since the inauguration of President Andry Rajoelina, who has promised to restore Madagascar’s lost forests.

“The government has the challenge of making Madagascar a green island again.

Months of planning and a massive nationwide effort to amass seeds and populate nurseries culminated in the highly publicized launch. It saw participation from NGOs, schools, government ministries, and the army. Rajoelina, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, launched the planting season by tucking a seedling into a pocket of earth. He later lent a hand to children, took selfies with babies, and was even photographed, hoe in hand, hauling dirt. But experts say the real heavy lifting to reclaim forests will come after the saplings are in the ground.

“Right now, we are at the stage of planting trees, but the big question is: What is next? How to protect those young trees, so we don’t plant them in January and then destroy them in July,” said Jonah Ratsimbazafy, a prominent Malagasy primatologist who heads the Groupe d’Étude et de Recherche sur les Primates (GERP).

This is not the first time this has been on the cards let’s hope that this time it will come to fruition…

Containers…something most of us have and which most of us have more lids than containers…How does that happen? Anyway, I was pleased to hear that M & S are to expand their successful trial of filling your own container. It is something which other retailers like Waitrose already run and Asda has plans to open it’s first sustainability store soon.

It seems like filling your own container is becoming very popular with consumers…

Lots of food for thought today…Thoughts on how we can make a difference while in the main sustaining our current lifestyle with a few adaptions for the good of the planet.

Just imagine if we all thought of just one idea which appeals to us…Think of all those bottles we are saving from going to landfill or into the sea…..With so many ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make a difference, we will save the world.

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

26 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…2nd March 2020…Good news all round…

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  2. William Price King

    Thanks for these eye opening ideas, Carol. It’s amazing how much one can learn from alternative and inventive sources. Just shows that when the effort is made we can move ahead, so let’s get on with it and make a real change. All the best to you. Hugs.


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  4. Sharon

    Yes to the vegan leather and I wish our supermarkets would trial the fill your own container idea, I go to our bulk whole foods supplier for as much as possible now and surely I am not the only person to have changed their shopping habits for environmental reasons. The burial pods look awesome.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Have you tried asking your supermarket if they have plans, Sharon as it seems many do have now and are trialing it in certain areas 🙂 Yes I thought the burial pods were awesome 🙂


  5. robertawrites235681907

    There are some great ideas and projects here, Carol. Hydro electricity is something that some of the African governments that have strong rivers are trying. It costs money to install, however, and most countries in South Africa are struggling financially.

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  6. ajeanneinthekitchen

    I think we should look at ALL alternative sources of energy, but we CANNOT give up electricity and coal powered sources either. Not every renewable source of energy is completely efficient in all areas. For instance, we have solar panels, and they do a good job, but by no means can they be our only source of energy. We live in snow country, and when it snows or we have high winds or foggy days, if solar were our only source of energy, we would have many days without any energy. No energy source can be all or nothing. We need to use multiple sources of obtaining and producing our energy.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes I agree and like you say solar panels cannot be the sole source of energy but at least they help stop the drain on electric and coal-powered sources…Likewise, the hydro-powered electric is fine in certain conditions but help in the larget scheme all good ideas 🙂

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