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Latest recycling and environmental news…16th September 2019…

Welcome to this weeks environmental and recycling news as always I share both the good and the bad with you and hope that as you also do your own research that you form your own balanced opinion on how things are going…Can we believe all the headlines? I think from past experience the answer to that is no…

I don’t smoke and abhor the smell of it…I have also written about cigarette butts b4….For something so small and I have seen people just flick them away…They create a pretty big mountain of trash and do untold damage…

Cigarette butts have long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over 32 years.

It’s no wonder that cigarette butts have drawn attention. The vast majority of the 5.6 trillion cigarettes manufactured worldwide each year come with filters made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that can take a decade or more to decompose. As many as two-thirds of those filters are dumped irresponsibly each year, according to Novotny, who founded the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project.

Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.

A major report on land use and climate change says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.

But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.

They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.

What are your thoughts on this? Over the last few decades, we have been told to cut the salt, cut the sugar, eat low-fat foods…

Now it appears that low fat means higher sugars…So we are now being told fat in moderation is ok…

Now my understanding of what a scientist does is…That they have a theory…They test that theory…That testing could take 5 years, 10 years 20 years…If then that theory is proven ….That’s good…If that theory is not proven to be correct the scientist then comes up with another theory to test so the process begins again…

Eating low fat and ditching fat was a theory…Now proven to be untrue…Back to the drawing board…BUT manufacturers and governments implemented that unproven theory …THE RESULT ….More health issues which meant more government money being spent on treatments…

Now we are being told …Follow plant-based diets…But is this another theory.?.. Is this now being tested?

My thoughts…Yes, we should eat more vegetables and less red meat…BUT…I advocate a healthy balanced diet based on the health of my parents, my self, my children over the last few decades…As good as any scientific trial…The proof of the pudding as the saying goes…

I am happy to do what I can to help climate change...HOWEVER…There seems to be a lot of theories floating around and if we don’t have good health it doesn’t matter that the world won’t exist as some theories are touting…We won’t know a dam thing about it!

Read the report a few times and then tell me what you think based on what you think are theories( which) are not facts and proven facts… 

Waste I am all for reducing…How to cut down and survive in the kitchen without disposables …Click the link it has some very good ideas which are tested…Beeswax wraps are they the forward….? There really are lots of good ideas ..something for everyone…

Beeswax Wraps

Who wants to ditch the cling film, pack a lunch and find a suitable way to ditch the plastic baggies for something sustainable well this link doesn’t have all the answers but has a good few…

Who hasn’t been to a Tupperware party? Who still uses Tupperware…I mean don’t ditch it keep using it …Tupperware has been around for over 70 years and most people recognise the name….Well, Tupperware is changing … “Tupperware Brands is committed to meeting the needs of today’s consumers, who are increasingly asking for solutions that mitigate waste and advance a more circular economy. The introduction of this new material, and the products in which they will be used, reflect our continued dedication to further reduce our environmental footprint at all levels of the product lifecycle – from design, production and distribution to products’ use and reusability – and also reflects our heritage of innovation and sustainable design,” said Bill Wright, Tupperware Brands’ Executive Vice President, Product Innovation & Supply Chain.

 

I really do dislike hearing about food waste especially when I hear about children and people starving around the world…In this so-called enlightened period of time we shouldn’t be hearing about children going to school without breakfast…we shouldn’t be hearing about children starving in school holidays…

Governments around the world should be ensuring that everyone should have the basic in life and food and water count amongst that…There are many schools who feed children and wash their clothes…Something is wrong, very wrong…Children should not be relying on charity for food and clothes…I have seen comments from people like me and you who are saying that parents should be feeding and clothing their children that there should be no need for charity…Those people obviously do not struggle financially…Pull up the ladder, Jack I am alright….as the saying goes…Me….I sincerely hope you get yours in spades…Whoever you are…

I don’t need to go into the why’s and the wherefores as to why people are starving…The reasons are many…

The Magic Breakfast is a charity whose mission is to ensure that children, who might otherwise not have the best start to their mornings, get a nourishing, healthy and filling breakfast before they start their school day.

Working with ‘partner schools’, the charity provides over 40,000 children with a ‘magic’ breakfast, but with an estimated 1.8 million school-age children in the UK at risk of hunger in the morning, there’s much still to do.

That’s all for today I know I have left you on a sobering note…But please look at your food waste and carbon footprint and if you have any food leftovers think of your neighbour …they may be elderly or have young children…They may be in need of a meal or a bag of fruit if your bush or tree has yielded too much for you…We all need to be paying it forward…

Thank you for reading and if you have any news and views on zero waste or the enviroment please share…xxx

About Carol:

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 to have 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!

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Thai noodle soup, Snake Gourds, the journey of a chicken sandwich and more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggled down in your favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they?…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

St. Norbert College students inside the Mulva Library on May 1, 2013.

Photo credit: stnorbert on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Popcorn I came across a new snack the other day...which I thought was popcorn and green chillies…But on closer inspection, it was popcorn and green crispy rice….Quite a nice snack not too sweet…

Let’s have look at last weeks posts…

Monday…more environmental news it is coming thick and fast now…lots of innovative schemes from individuals with a vision and some really great ideas I marvel at the inventiveness of some…

This morning I have been reading a report on the warming of the planet …interesting as the scientists are comparing times past and much of it is just the natural scheme of things and how the natural world evolves over time we have had ice age, global cooling, global warming the earth has gone through many phases over the years and no doubt will in the future go through many phases and tides shift…Of course, greenhouse gases and the march of man is having some effect but then man has always played their part…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/09/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-9th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Fussy kids grow into fussy adults…I think too much onus is placed on prettying up food to tempt kids…Treat mealtimes from the beginning as a pleasure …with no dramas but with the expectation that whatever the age they will partake in what the whole family is eating…

Once my kids were weaned… I mashed or pureed what we ate…they mainly started with vegetables, eggs, rice, potato, fruit, fish all of which can be mashed or pureed but it was what we ate…they sat up the table with us in their high chair so they could see what we were eating and if they wanted to have something once they could chew …give them a piece let them try it…Stick on the tray of their chair and let them use their fingers…children learn behaviours…Teach them to enjoy their food…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/10/healthy-eating-eat-smart-mealtimes-with-kids/

Wednesday… This was my birth week so I got maudlin and indulgent…wondered where the years had gone …Started walking more with a vengeance…haha…The last 3 days I have exceeded 10,000 steps a day at least 7.24 km…pretty good I had slacked off a bit…

I realised I grew up in the years of some great musical artists …I also went through all the old family photos…found some great ones…This one is my mum and dad with me and my baby sister  May 1953…

family group mum dad me and tina 1953

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-12/

Thursday…It was a trip down to the farm…where most farming is done the old way…by hand …not too much modern machinery around here…Of course, we are in the rainy season so the pond and surrounding fields have flooded so out come the traditional fishing nets ….Fish are plentiful as are the frogs and on the menu… But the rice is growing nicely…lush and green so hopefully come harvest we will get a good crop…But so do weeds so lots of hand weeding to do…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/12/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-snake-gourd-raita/

Friday…Part 2 of my store cupboard basics…Pasta and noodles…noodles are a staple here and eaten as much as rice is… there is nothing like a bowl of Thai Chicken noodle soup…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/13/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-2-pasta-and-noodles/

Saturday…Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin on the subject of our immune system and the journey of that Chicken Sandwich…Fascinating and I am always in aware of exactly what processes our bodies perform…We are one amazing piece of construction when we are working properly…Much though depends on us…yes… YOU and ME…Very true saying we are what we eat…

It does seem to me though that we are very self-destructive and no matter what we read or see we still carry on consuming what we know harms us…It doesn’t mean we can never have that soda, that burger, that bar of chocolate …It just means we need to be mindful…we need to retrain ourselves…We are what we eat and by looking at that we can in some cases reverse some conditions or at the very least see and improvement …# Recommended Read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-the-immune-system-and-a-chicken-sandwich/

That’s all for this week …I hope you have enjoyed and learnt and if you only take one thing away that it is something worthwhile…If you think it can help a friend or relative please share …I hope you have a great Sunday and to any of my readers who are in Spain…I hope you are safe and well and send prayers to those affected…A terrible tragedy… Love and Hugs xxx

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 there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Latest recycling and environmental news…9th September 2019

Welcome to this weeks environmental and recycling news as always I share both the good and the bad with you and hope that as you also do your own research that you form your own balanced opinion on how things are going…Can we believe all the headlines? I think from past experience the answer to that is no…

Electric cars and other modes of alternative forms of transport seem to be high on the agenda with many and they certainly seem to be evolving into something good…

Greta is to be congratulated for her mode of travel. Prince Harry and Meghan are being villainized for theirs…

TWO totally different sets of circumstances and let’s be clear about this…All these climate change initiatives are to be admired BUT lets not get overzealous with all this…Do we really think we can return to times past? The world has changed and we need to rein it in a bit…

 

 

We can all try to do what we can when we can and when possible …BUT it has to fit in with our lifestyle and circumstances…Change where we can and if we can…Let’s not have witch hunts…

David Attenborough is famous, well-travelled and has seen much…I love his programmes on the Natural world… I find this video interesting … David is now seeing through his work the damage being done to the natural world…

Waste food...I abhor waste and love to read and see what is being done with waste not waste which can be used to feed people but waste which is waste like coffee grounds and avocado pits…

With all the bans on plastic and straws coming into effect people are looking for alternatives…However…biodegradable plastics typically cost around 40 per cent more than regular plastic.

A Mexican biochemical engineer named Scott Munguia has come up with a solution.

Avocado pits.

His company Biofase is located in the heart of Mexico’s avocado industry, where it turns 15 tons of avocado pits per day into biodegradable straws and cutlery.

Avocado seed bioplastic doesn’t cut into our food supply or require any additional land to be dedicated to its production.

And best of all, it’s truly biodegradable, unlike many “biodegradable” plastics. fully decomposing in just 240 days, compared to conventional plastic which is estimated to take 500 years to break down and never fully biodegrades.

If kept in a cool, dry place it can last up to a year before it starts degrading.

Munguia figured out how to extract a molecular compound from a pit to obtain a biopolymer that could be moulded into any shape, Mexico Daily News reports.

I think that is a great idea and at no extra cost …

As always my intrepid reporter the ever-watchful Tori...Finds me gems and snippets on great ideas to reduce waste etc…She is a little star…Thank you, Tori and she has the most adorable fur babies …and write awesome childrens books…

Three International chefs have opened the first zero-waste restaurant in Finland…Read all about it here

Called restaurant Nolla the aim is to make zero waste the norm withing the wider restaurant industry…

Have you heard about CupCycling? Well…Specialist papermaker James Cropper is turning coffee cups into papers and packaging, as part of the world’s first recycling process dedicated to upcycling takeaway cups.

 

There is a lot in the news about Hemp at the moment and I should say there has been for a while…

It is said that one acre of hemp( grown) in a single season..it is fast-growing and disease resistant …yields as much paper and four acres of trees…

I also read that some years ago when the US was giving aid to Bangladesh one of the conditions was that they get rid of the hemp plantations which they did. Then when it rained heavily, there were huge avalanches that took lives because the hemp roots were no longer holding the earth together.

I am puzzled about all of this but maybe I shouldn’t be…I do have a suspicious mind…

This news, however, made me happy …The makers of Lego...My kids and grandkids blue string heart shape on wooden pallet   Lego…A universal toy guaranteed to keep kiddies occupied and quiet…In our house, it also keeps grandad quiet…An added bonus…haha

The River Thames…is now cleaner and the wildlife has been returning…Seals, grey Mullett…

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It is beautiful to see and although there are still problems with waste etc it is getting better…Damm all the companies and people who still think it is ok to pollute the rivers and seas with their waste…SHAME ON YOU!

Thank you for reading and if you have any news and views on zero waste or the enviroment please share…xxx

About Carol:

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 to have 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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Latest recycling and environment news..26th August

Travel and alternative means of travel was the main topic last week…It was heartening to hear how many of you are looking at alternatives to your car and your mode of travel when you need to use other transport i.e for your holidays…

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The transport system where I live is very good ..Thinking about it as the mode of transport for many here is the scooter it makes sense as riding a scooter over long distances is not a safe or viable option so good public transport is…The cost here in comparison to elsewhere is also very cheap…

Also if searching for how to get from A to B all options will be shown i.e, bus, train or plane and details of all three are given so it is easy to plan a trip…

From some of the comments, it is not so elsewhere…Lots of thoughts and plans for the future but not for the here and now…

Electric Cars…They seem to be gaining momentum…Pete Springer has changed to such cars and has given his valuable insight…

Over to Pete… Thank you, Pete…x

I have two vehicles. My primary vehicle is a hybrid, which means it runs partly on gasoline and electricity. It is the first vehicle that I’ve owned that gets better gas mileage in the city than on the highway. I don’t completely understand the technology, but the battery charges through regenerative braking.

I recently purchased a truck because there are too many situations when we need to haul something. The vehicle runs on flex-fuel. That means it can run on gasoline or gasoline-ethanol blends of up to 85% ethanol (E85). Ethanol is becoming easier to find and burns cleaner.

What has come to my attention over this last week…

Two statements on social media…Both designed to catch one’s attention…

  1. Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor BUT because we cannot satisfy the rich…I share and 6 likes…
  2. Imagine if trees gave off WiFi signals; we would plant so many trees we would probably save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe…1 share and 6 likes…
  3. Jalapeno and cheese spring rolls…31 likes, 7 comments and 6 shares…

If I started typing my thoughts on the above …I probably wouldn’t stop for a while… That scares me…scares the bejesus out of me…

A comment by Janet on last weeks post made me think…Red Herrings and all of that…Then I came across this report… and this one https://www.biogeosciences.net/16/3033/2019/

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I like cows…I spent most of my childhood on a cow farm…My grandad was farmer ..he taught me how to milk a cow before they got those mechanical milkers …He taught me lots and I have still never eaten veal…Born to die were his words…I am also sure he would have many more words to say if he was still alive…Loved you grandad and miss more xx

The big news this week is how the Amazon is burning…

The news is telling us how fines for environmental crimes are falling…Brazil’s president has been accused of emboldening miners and loggers.

Mr Bolsonaro has scorned environmental activists and declared staunch support for the clearing of areas of the Amazon for agriculture and mining. Experts and campaigners say his administration has given a green light to rainforest destruction.

People have been demonstrating outside Brazillian embassies around the world …Pressure from the UN…and now a u-turn…

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49452789

The Amazon is called the lungs of the world…Yes, the president has quickly executed a percieved u-turn…How much truth is in what we are hearing..We know that fires happen every year due to the climate…How many are being deliberately started and by whom?

Very worrying…Is it the farmers? The loggers? Or outside forces? Or a combination of all three intent on their own agendas without a thought for the lungs of the world… ???

This week not much has made me happy...just more concerned but I will leave you with this good deed and it seems to me we are getting more reliant on good deeds and actions from individuals and small groups of people who have concerns about our world…

A pub has decided to give away 100 free meals a day to hungry children, in an attempt to help poor families during the summer holidays.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/18/pub-landlord-gives-away-100-free-meals-day-children-facing-holiday-hunger-10591774/?

To hear this gives me hope…I think we all need to feel hope …Don’t you ???

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Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest if you liked it please share or reblog, Thank you xx

About Carol:

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 to have 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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The latest news on the environment and recycling…13th August

This week I have brought you a mixture of good news as it really isn’t ALL doom and gloom…There are lots of great schemes, new ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make it a better place for us and the wildlife…But of course, I will have a naughty corner…

My grandson was on a school trip last week planting trees…I was pleased to hear this as Thailand has a huge plastic waste problem but to know that they are encouraging the kids to think about the enviroment is very pleasing…I am still waiting for the images and some more info which I will post soon…

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Talking of trees New Zealand’s target of planting one billion trees is going well…The government plans to meet its goal by making it easier to plant trees. They will do this by lowering any planting barriers currently faced by landowners and improving incentives to support the right trees, in the right place, for the right purpose. They are also interested in partnering with New Zealanders regarding research, innovation, and sector development initiatives.

I do think with the sheer scale of the recycling… That much work is needed at source these comments from Rod McDaniel, CEO of Springfield, Tenn.-based processor S3 Recycling Solutions. McDaniel will be participating in a conference session called Growth in Turbulent Times, featuring perspectives from a range of e-scrap executives who have pushed forward their businesses despite commodity fluctuations and other industry uncertainties. I think what he is saying is true they do have to make a profit…It is business after all…But the enviroment is also a factor…

What would you say is the single biggest challenge facing the e-scrap industry today? Recycling electronics responsibly all while making a profit. It seems as if every month there is a new e-waste company that has gone out of business for either illegally dumping or loss of revenue/profit.

How has S3 Recycling Solutions gone about navigating these challenges?
As far as responsible recycling, although we are not R2, all our downstream vendors hold this certification (or e-Stewards). I think it’s important for recyclers not to always see our “competitors” as the competition. We have developed relationships with our downstream partners that specialize in areas we do not. An example of that is our relationship with Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations. We do not specialize in de-manufacturing; we do perform light de-manufacturing and work with DLI to recycle all of our end-of-life electronics. About 80 per cent of our revenue comes from the resale. 
It is good to see that he is looking at competitors from the same industry as partners in a way and looking at how they can together combine their areas of expertise.
Good to hear…as recycling is a huge area and must be done responsibly…
Surfin…This word always conjures up the song from the Beach Boys which I think I played to death in my younger days…
Image by Manie Van der Hoven from Pixabay
Surfers have an intimate relationship with the water, but the damage they do goes under-reported. Wetsuits are made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber originally invented to line landfill sites: good for staying warm while surfing in December, less so for the environment.
It is estimated that 380 tonnes of wetsuit waste are dumped every year. But one man has come up with a radical solution…A fully recyclable wetsuit…
The Orkney Isles charge ahead with electric…They are now producing more than they need…
This is quite a long video but interesting…
Wow, how good is this? A wedding breakfast using waste food…Now, this is some dedication to stopping food waste…
The lavish banquet included sea bream, sea bass, ox, pork ribs and chicken, with vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian diners also catered for – all created from surplus food that would otherwise have been destined for the rubbish bin.

But guests only found out the origin of their meal after they had tucked in, with the big reveal by the bride and groom drawing “huge gasps” from across the room.

How wonderful and it just shows what can be done…I think for too long we have all just accepted things as they are and I think reading a lot of these incentives they are community-based and I think we need to accept that if we still want to take from all the wonderful foods and the pleasure we gain from beautiful places we need to play OUR part…

Naughty Corner…Mining…

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One of Australia’s most contentious coalmines, New Acland, was caught drilling 27 illegal bores last year and fined $3,152 by the Queensland government, a figure an environment group has labelled “paltry”.

Part of the New Hope group I have read a few links and on the face of it they are putting a lot into the communities …But if all is hunky-dory and above board, as all the gloss wants us to think…27 illegal bores that smacks of defiance for the guidelines imposed and why for such a profitable company is the fine so small??? So much doesn’t add up and it looks like communities are being given money and what role does the Queensland government play in this because the rosy pictures being painted do not reflect the illegal boring …Something ain’t right…

Another mining company is also facing suspicion of cyberstalking scientists and stopping expert evidence being subjected to proper public scrutiny…

It seems heavy-handed tactics are being employed and are not being stopped. Very worrying…

That’s all for today’s lots of great projects which fill me with hope for the future…Thank you for reading and if you have any great schemes in your neighbourhood please share and I will link back to you. 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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you for reading …Have a great week xx

Waste not! Want Not!… India plants 66 Million Trees…

The news and the headlines are coming thick and fast…So what do we believe? Do we take everything we see as gospel…Do you do your own investigations before you comment? …What do you really think? Do you think we are doomed?… Do you think that if we ditch our cars, adopt a vegan diet, never fly again and get out our pushbikes that the world will be saved?

Father and kids on a bike ride

Photo credit: kamshots on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

What do I think? I think for years and years we have been bombarded with headlines which tell us… Too much salt is bad, Don’t eat trans fats, Fruit is bad it is high in sugar, Meat is unhealthy, Carbohydrates increase body fat, 97% of Climate scientists agree…with Climate Change…Blah! Blah! Blah!

The answer to all of those is we are thinking, independent individuals, who go by facts, logic and explanation or we should.

Forbes says: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/#66d9499b3f9f

Interestingly New British research is saying Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong.

I am not saying that Climate change isn’t important I just think we are ( as usual) being blinded by all this hype as usual and other things which have importance are taking a back seat …Clever politicians…While they are inactive except for furnishing their own agendas…we are busy doing what we can about climate change…A good diversion…This lady is not for turning I see exactly what they are doing and it is not for the good of any of us lesser mortals…

Deforestation is also important…But lots of good news and tree planting and this is awesome news… India plants 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of a record-breaking environmental campaign…

forest trees and sunlight

I love nothing better than walking among trees they elicit a feeling of calm for me…Not so for those humans and the wildlife who have their habit plundered and destroyed without a thought…

Chemical poisoning of our soil, waterways and food continues…Soil contamination or soil pollution as part of land degradation is caused by the presence of xenobiotic (human-made) chemicals or other alteration in the natural soil environment. It is typically caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals, or improper disposal of waste.

Photo on Visualhunt.com

A sight I grew up with my grandad tilling his fields he didn’t use pesticides but unless you are in the know…The soil looks the same contaminated or not…Chemical contamination must stop for the health of us all…

Waste or disposal of waste is a huge problem worldwide…I touched on this in last Monday’s post and again governments need to get their acts together once and for all and address this problem with a vigour that has been sadly lacking. I also believe that governments need to get tougher on manufacturers who should be contributing to providing proper means of collection and disposal of the packaging they create for the goods they sell.

Adele has a question?… Blister packs? How do you recycle them for free?

Photo on VisualHunt.com

If you take regular medication or use disposable contact lenses then some help is now available for recycling…I also read that if you break the packs down separate the foil from the layer you can recycle separately.

If anyone knows of how you can recycle these pill packets for free please let us know and help Adele out…

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/uks-first-contact-lens-recycling-scheme-launches

https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/collection-programs

There are some clickable links on the post which may offer some help…

Here are some free recycling packs if you are in the US as I know many of my readers are.

For all you Coffee lovers…A treat!

 

A good move in the right direction from the UK government and given the logistics, next year sounds good…Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned

The fact some cancers are on the increase because of chemicals…Food contamination is a matter of serious concern, as the high concentration of chemicals present in the edibles poses serious health risks. Protecting the public from the degrees of the harmfulness of contaminated foods has become a daunting task. This article highlights the causes, types, and health implications of chemical contamination in food.

No mother should have to have a worried look like that on her face….Wondering how she can feed her children…

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Too many children are starving…Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. No child and no mother should have to worry about where the next meal is coming from especially when there is so much food waste in the world…

Food waste and a solution in the US…

Food waste and a solution in the UK…There are some interesting and shocking data here…

Too many arms are being sold and fueling wars…

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Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Even though the Arms Trade Treaty has been in place for four years, the global arms trade is still on the rise. As world leaders meet to discuss the treaty, we must remind them that there is still work to do.

Pharmaceuticals…We all have the need for medicine at some point and for some, they are needed daily…At what cost to a struggling health service?syringe-1884784_640

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Medical costs are spiralling out of control…as are peoples dependency on pills. Does the cost of research really warrant the vast profits the big pharmaceutical companies make year in year out and every year sees an increase… Governments would do well to educate people and make sure they knew about correct nutrition and then they wouldn’t need as many pills and potions.

It is a proven fact that a healthy balanced diet can help and reduce many ailments…

What a sad image …

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Homelessness is on the increase… In a survey spanning five generations, homelessness charity Centrepoint found the young are more vulnerable than ever thanks to growing up in insecure private rentals and then not being able to afford to rent without financial aid.

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Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

In 2017/18, some 103,000 young people approached local authorities for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness shocking statistics on a young homelessness crisis that shames Britain.

A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that just under 553,000 people are homeless, with approximately 65% staying in sheltered accommodation. Out of every 10,000 people in the United States, 17 experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018.

Dignity is a human right and it seems that in every country I checked the homeless figures are very high and increasing year on year because there are not enough shelters and governments ignore the basic human right to shelter and dignity.

What is just as sad is the fact that many are servicemen and women who have served their countries with honour and bravery who often return injured and traumatised and end up on the streets and so desperate that many take their own lives.

Have I left anything out? I am sure I have… It made me sad to write this as in this day and age much of this should NOT be happening and we need to make politician understand this and also understand that they work for us the people who elect them.

We also need to do something our selves it doesn’t matter how small every little helps…x

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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Not!Want Not…Week 24…Dead Gray Whales…Fat Bergs…

Week 24 …Where do the weeks go?… The research is going well but it takes me off on so many tangents and boy does it leave me with lots of questions…

I see a headline either the news or FB…Today it was this one…Not happily playing like this picture…Dead on the beach…

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Photo credit: spieri_sf on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Scientist Sounds The Alarm On 9th Dead Gray Whale Off San Francisco…Whales dying of malnutrition…

Of course, it had the addition of the picture which was going to tug at your heartstrings and getting you to comment and push the share button all in the space of about 5 seconds…

blue string heart shape on wooden pallet

Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay

Wow, if you had a product to sell and made a sale someone would be rubbing their hands together…I didn’t!…

I have in the past just pressed share but so many times either through someone else’s comment or just because I wanted to know more …I discovered there is a bigger picture…

9 dead whales… 3 maybe 4 were because of a collision with a boat…That reduces the odds…

Are malnutrition and starvation the same thing?

Starvation is a severe deficiency in caloric energy intake, below the level needed to maintain an organism’s life.

 Malnutrition results from a poor diet or inability to absorb nutrients.

It was said that discounting the trauma from a collision that those figures were high…maybe as a result of warming oceanic conditions, which have contributed to shifting food sources.

But the inability to absorb nutrients can be caused by illness, it could be caused by foreign bodies in the stomach or digestive system. We have seen the stories and pictures of the amount of rubbish/plastic in animals stomachs. Microplastics are a danger generally eaten by the smaller fish but who eats the smaller fish?

The story from the Blue Water Task Force states that the much-needed rainfall has brought highly polluted stormwater and debris to the beaches. Hence the surfers can’t surf and the beaches are closed …Health reasons...But what about the marine life???

My point being please don’t just take a horrified look at a picture or headline …DO your research… Please x

7 miles down in one of the deepest parts of the oceans…Unbelievable…Plastic Waste

How low can the depths of mankind’s waste and inability to dispose of correctly reach…

Water…

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Photo on VisualHunt

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.      

W. H. Auden

I am sure many of you have thought about what flows away from your house through the water system …Where does it end up? Either in your septic tank ( If ) you have one or it goes to a sewage treatment plant through a sewage system. I have watched the videos and it is a great system so how do our waterways get polluted?

Chemical waste from factories is sometimes dumped into rivers and lakes, or directly into the ground. Pesticides (chemicals that kill insects) applied to farmland enter surface water and groundwater, often in large quantities. … I think that statement makes the situation perfectly clear …Don’t You!

I can hear you going phew! She isn’t going to blame me…We don’t get off scot-free…Sorry!

I am as guilty of this as anyone..Well, I am not now as hubby watches me like the proverbial hawk…He is just happy there is something he can blame me for…I am happy to let him have that one…haha

FAT BERGS!

The motto do not wash any fat down your sink even if accompanied by boiling water…

Thank you so much for reading this post If you have any thoughts please add a comment I always respond xxx

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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx