Category Archives: Microplastics

Latest News on Plastic, recycling and Climate Change…

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…

Bolivia is a landlocked South American country and they aim to be completely food independent in 2020…I think that is wonderful if they can achieve that by investing in small farmers…

Bolivia donkey hills and hamlets

Image by Loretta Rossiter from Pixabay

The Government of Bolivia has just invested $40 million to support small and medium farmers in food production. Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture, Marisol Solano, stated that over 20 food security projects are already underway across the country, with financial support so far being given to breeding livestock and fish farming, as well as increasing the production of crops like potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, vegetables, coffee, and cocoa.

Read this amazing story here…

The world largest ocean clean up has now become a reality…The floating boom system was deployed on Saturday from San Francisco Bay and will undergo several weeks of testing before being hauled into action. The system was designed by the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup, which was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. Their mission is to develop “advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.”

We have all heard tales of how coral reefs are dying around the world …However, an accidental discovery could save coral reefs…Wow…

 

I have learnt a lot about recycling and what we as individuals can do to help save the planet…Snailofhappiness is a great little blog and this article about packaging called wool cool is great and a great example of circular recycling…basically a thick layer of wool in a recyclable plastic cover.

 

This story from another blogging friend is scary and I think we should be scared…Meth-Gators are on the loose...Now an alligator at any time I wouldn’t want to meet…Would you? But one pumped full of drugs is an even scarier prospect…All sorts of things/stuff however you wish to phrase are flushed away and we forget about it…I unless something triggers a thought have in the past flushed cotton buds, cotton wool balls, wet wipes I didn’t think…Many people flush their drugs whether it is prescription drugs that you don’t need or other drugs …It affects wildlife…A sobering thought!

Alligator reptile-3555792_640

When I lived in Phuket there was an occasion when one of my friends went to put out the rubbish to be confronted by an Alligator they do encroach on land at times and look at those teeth…You wouldn’t want a bite from that and it may not be your back yard as water travels a long way but it could be someones..a child…Because in some areas the sewers are full of them.

Lastly, this awesome project which the lovely Tori sent to me…Thank you, Tori..Please pop over and have look, Tori writes the most wonderful children’s books and has two adorable dogs as well as other fur babies…

Twenty young people are taking part in the biggest conservation project in the world to be led by youth, where they will be responsible for managing more than 300 acres in the Brecon Beacons to help restore wildlife habitats and develop sustainable farming and forestry. It is called The Penpont Project...A youth-led action for conservation project…

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

 

Plastic, Waste and recycling…Latest News…Shoes made from coffee grounds, Plastic eating Mushrooms…

Monday the start of another new week…and two important days in the Buddhist calendar Asalna Puja Day and Buddhist Lent Day which means for 3 days schools, banks and public offices will be closed and selling alcohol is prohibited… Thais will be celebrating so party time it will be both serious and fun…Asalha Puja Day (Asanha Puja, Asarnha Bucha, Dhamma Day) is a Buddhist festival that occurs on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, which is usually in July. The festival pays homage to the Buddha and commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon and the founding of the Buddha’s Sangha – four noble truths.

Monk sitting

Buddhist Lent Day in Thailand is the day after Asalha Bucha marking the beginning of the three month period where monks stay in their temples with no travelling.

An update on last weeks post…Should children be taught to grow food in school as part of the school curriculum…The Answer was a resounding YES!

The lovely Pete Springer is very proud of his former pupil Melissa and said:

I have to brag about one of my former students, Melissa Applegarth, who is all in when it comes to healthy eating. One of the big projects she is pushing is called The Tower Garden. Here’s the link if you are intrigued, Carol. Melissaapplegarth.towergarden.com… 

Do check the link out it is a very impressive project…

I have been very impressed and heartened about just how many, many innovative people there are who really care about this beautiful world and doing what they can to ensure its survival…

Take DopeKicks…We are a team of entrepreneurs trying to disrupt this very dirty industry with 100% vegan, ecological solutions, made with cool materials and that everyone can afford. We also love cannabis and we think it is one of those super materials that can change the world.

The 1st waterproof Hemp Sneakers ...They need backers but it seems like a good idea…There are many of these projects springing up now and many seem very good …

N.B These hemp sneakers are NOW 1500% funded on Kickstarter: “We wanted to outperform all the other shoes in every category, and that is exactly what we have done.”

The second one is Rens...The Worlds First Waterproof Shoe made from Coffee...Made from the coffee grounds …Circular recycling at work another great Kickstarter idea…

Many people are asking could seaweed be a solution?

What a brilliant idea…

Plastic eating Mushrooms???? Is there no end to all these ideas that are popping up…Looking for solutions does seem to be reaping benefit upon benefit…

Fungi Mutarium mushroom …

 

I love this idea…Circular Fashion …The future remade…

Products designed to be sent back when they’re worn out. Then new products from the material recovered… again and again.. How brilliant is that idea?…

Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced while a truck full of clothing is burned, or buried in a landfill every second. Slowing fast fashion down a bit won’t fix it. But when we take the waste material at the end and make new products from it at the start, it changes everything. That’s what is now being done.

 

Dandelions… A weed?… I remember my father making Dandelion Wine and I also remember the neighbours joining him in his shed at the bottom of the garden… I also remember how much he giggled and laughed and remember my mother and the lady next door getting a bit cross with them…I now know why?… Haha

By many called a stubborn weed but also used for years and years in herbal medicines and tasty recipes and teas…

dandelion flowers

 

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That’s all for today…We need to think about recycling, reusing and the plastic we use as well as the food we waste…It is too important not to…Buy local think about your carbon footprint and importantly your foods carbon footprint we all have a role to play…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward 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!

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Recycling, Recipes, Banana Fertiliser and so much more…

Where is the time going? My regular readers know the drill…A comfy chair, a drink, settle down time for a good read…Lots of goodies for you this week…A good mix and something for everyone…Well unless you are a rocket scientist…haha.

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

The Kombucha scoby is getting fatter and showing some white so I am guessing from what I have been reading that it is happy and doing its thing…Any hints and tips would be gratefully received for this newbie ( hopefully) successful Kombucha brewer…x

To any new readers…Welcome and if I haven’t personally thanked you for the follow it is because either your blog shows as private or your profile doesn’t link to your blog…I do however appreciate the follow…Thank you 🙂

To all those spammers...unlucky if I can block you I will or just get rid…You are not wanted or even read you are wasting precious energy and time…Begone!

Monday’s post was once again...Plastic, recycling any news I think is interesting and I will never run out of ideas…I watched a beautiful programme yesterday about Japan’s Earths, Enchanted Islands and the water which comes down in abundance from the mountains to the rice fields and the villages below …when it reaches this village …where no detergents are used when washing up the scraps are just washed in this beautiful water and each house has a carp pond underneath being bottom feeders they eat all the scraps and the water stays crystal clear as it was from its source it was amazing to watch…Absolutely amazing programme…A simple, effective system…

I explored using banana skins as fertiliser, Growing food without soil and should we be teaching kids how to grow food in schools…The answer was a resounding yes to that and it is happening around the world so many good news stories in the comments which I will go into tomorrow …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/08/plastic-waste-and-recycling-latest-news-seaweed-and-banana-skins/

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily is now starting to reap the benefits for me …I have so much more energy..even in this heat…I am the lightest I have been for many, many years and I can’t believe I have taken this long to get my brain in gear and realise that…Yes, I still enjoy the odd treat…I eat food I love I just watch my portions…The best thing is I can go shopping here as the clothes sizes are smaller than the UK equivalent …I can pick from the racks for the first time in a long time and it is fun…Between my ideas and recipes and Sally’s health tips, I have cracked it…I hope you can too xx

Thai Duck Larb

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/09/eat-smart-eat-healthily-recipes-wacky-diet-corner-and-some-commonsense/

I am back! Wednesday every fortnight over at Sally’s….This week I kicked off with measurements as they vary around the world and ingredients as well I still get stumped at times and have to look it up…I kept seeing a stick of butter in the ingredients list …We don’t all know what it is…I didn’t…I do now…So a plea to all you lovely home cooks spare a thought for those of us who may not know what some of your ingredients are…Pretty please…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-cooking-terms-weight-conversions-and-foods-names/

Thailand…My home and The Land Of Smiles…I was told today at the market that my Thai was good…Go me…I was certainly smiling at those words…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/11/travel-and-traditions-the-land-of-smiles/

Beetroot…One of my favourite vegetables…and it seems many of my readers favourite as well…Please if you have any recipes using beets share with us and I will link back to you…

Red Beetroot with leaves and one cut beet

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/12/this-week-in-my-kitchen-beets-week-2-and-kombucha/

Healthy Eating I can’t stress the benefits enough…However, stress can also kill…Of course, it can provide us with thrills and get that adrenaline going…But it can also KILL…Sally is the lady to listen too as she knows her stuff she delivers her knowledge clearly and concisely…She doesn’t( like) me pull any punches she tells it like it is… but leaves the reader feeling positive and knowing what to do…Keeping our heart and other major organs healthy can ensure we have a chance of living a longer life …Worth a read? I think so…x

heart-care-1040248_640

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-of-the-body-part-three-the-heart-and-stress-connection-by-sally-cronin/

I hope you have enjoyed this post and the variety and found something which you enjoyed or learnt about…Thank you for reading…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!

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 are all having a great weekend and your week ahead is a joyous one xx

Waste and Recycling…The Wet Wipe…84% Plastic…Fact!

Good morning…Who uses wet wipes? Did you know that wet wipes contain plastic and that figure is as high as 84 %?

You might as well be wiping your bottom or face with a plastic bag…Fact!

wet wipe being stretched

Photo credit: yourbestdigs on VisualHunt / CC BY

The reason the wet wipe stretches like that aimed at showing how strong it is …It contains Plastic…Did you know that? Did you also know that apart from stating on the packaging whether or not the wipes are flushable it does not state they contain plastic…I have also seen tests where wipes have been analysed and tested and many which state “flushable” are not…

The Uk government state it is part of their 25-year plan ..Pleeese…Can you image at the growth rate of plastic pollution caused by wet wipes in 25 years?

A UK environmental organization revealed over 5,000 wet wipes in a space as big as half of a tennis court near the River Thames. Tens of thousands of the wipes are sold every year in Britain. That is just in one small area of London…Times that by the whole of the world…I wouldn’t even want to know what that projection would be in 25 years time…Would you? This video is light-hearted…However, the message is not!

You can buy wet wipes for everything from babies bottoms, to clean your kitchen or bathroom, your car, your laptop the list is endless both in the UK and the USA it is a multi-billion pound industry …

My take on this is that manufacturers should be bearing 100% of the cost of any cleanups due to the wet wipes causing fatbergs or whatever else damage is being done to the environment…That would focus their minds quicker than anything to come up with a cost-effective completely flushable or compostable without special equipment wet wipe…Will that happen?… Highly doubtful…

If you can’t live without wet wipes then it really is easy to make your own…

The three main worries about wet wipes.

  1. Fatbergs…As we now know, the smelly grey boulders of congealed gunk clogging up the world’s sewers are in fact stuffed full of wet wipes.

    It’s a gross and smelly reminder that those seemingly innocuous moistened sheets don’t disappear or dissolve when we drop them down the toilet. Even if they’re labelled as flushable.

  2. The Plastic Riverbed…River-cleaning teams have found that the hundreds of thousands of wet wipes flushed down toilets in London have actually formed a new riverbed in the Thames. It is also much the same tale in other rivers around the world too.

    And that’s before they even reach the sea and cause untold havoc there.

  3. The ban that isn’t a ban…In 2018 the UK government reacted to the wet wipe problem.

    Wipes weren’t mentioned specifically in its 25-year environment plan, but a spokesperson for Defra (the environment department) came out and confirmed that its pledge to “eliminate all avoidable plastic waste” includes “single-use products like wet wipes.”

    But soon afterwards, the government stated: “We have not announced plans to ban wet wipes”. I call this backpeddling at a rate of knots…

    Instead, it said, “Our focus for wet wipes is to work with manufacturers and water companies to develop a product that does not contain plastic and can be safely flushed. We are also continuing to work with industry to make sure labelling on the packaging of these products is clear and people know how to dispose of them properly.”

I have read a lot of reports and watched podcasts on climate change and the one message that comes out of this for me is that none of these very clever scientists can agree on a timescale…I have heard anything from 5 years to 25 years… Governments make wishy-washy promises prompted by public outrage and then when they think …we have forgotten and don’t read or listen to anything important they furiously back peddle or just spout lies in the first place ..You choose what you believe…

I just get increasingly frustrated and angry..which probably raises my blood pressure and my son tells me very nicely that my thoughts and actions are admirable but do I really think it is going to make a difference in the big scheme of things. 

I have to hope it will…

What can we recycle…It is a bit of a minefield…

But how about instead of recycling when we don’t know how it is being disposed of or where it ends up…Maybe we can make something useful… Something for the kids or grandkids to get involved in…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward 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!

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 are all having a great week xx

Waste and recycling…Golf Balls…Plastic and Rubber…

The sea…A vast beautiful place…How much sea covers the earth???

Some scientists say we should call our planet ‘Water’ instead of ‘Earth’, since water covers about 71% of the planet’s surface. The area of the ocean surface is 1.40 x (10 to the power of 8) miles². (3.62 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). The area of the land surface is 5.75 x (10 to the power of 7) miles² (1.49 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). There is over 2.4 times as much water area than land area.

How big is a golf ball?

The standard golf ball used in the United States is a minimum of 1.68 in (4.26 cm) in diameter; the British ball is slightly smaller.

A golf ball is made of plastic and rubber…FACT.

golf course surrounded by water

Doesn’t that look beautiful? Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days there following their passion for the game of golf? I mean the sheer size and volume of water against the size of a golf ball…What difference is that tiny ball going to make in the scheme of things?? What golfer gives a thought about the bigger picture it’s just another ball in the water…Plenty more where that one came from…

But it doesn’t stop there does it???

I don’t play golf…I know my kids in the past have been paid for collecting golf balls from the lake at a local golf club…It was the lovely Adele Marie Park who alerted me to this…Thank you so much, Adele, it really is a problem…x

I don’t know what it is about the sea …It’s sheer vastness but it seems that many people think that their bit of rubbish in the great scheme of things doesn’t matter…WELL, IT DOES!

COME ON PEEPS…Start thinking…TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE…

Do you have your reusable coffee cup…Do you use it and take it out with you?

All last week I have been using Ecosia... It is a search engine with a difference…Many search engines now promise not to store or sell details of your searches and yes this is one of the promises that Ecosia make but they also promise to be transparent as to where their money comes from and plant a tree for every search you make…How good is that and if you click on their site you will get a running total of how many trees and where have been planted to date… It is now my default search engine and I am very happy with it so far and to be able to know that my internet searches are doing some good …Every little helps!

ecosia logo

However, if you are like me and always have a question then this report should answer them all…

This is an interesting one...Fizzy Drinks could soon be carbonated using gas emissions from factories… Soon means 20 years by my calculations…I know that there are logistics and lots of other factors to be considered but 20 years…Are there not other schemes which can be adopted and working in less time than this as if we listen to all the news as a planet we don’t have 20 years…Just saying…

Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial centre by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse their polluting gases or by moving to lower carbon fuels such as hydrogen, it said on Thursday.

The government said it will commit up to £170 million ($215 million) to the project, which could include capturing emissions from factories and reusing them in industries such as brewing to put the fizz in drinks. That’s a lot of money…I can think of many things which would cost far less and have a shorter timescale and work…

This one shows initiative ...How to make biodegradable plastic from Cactus plants…

 

I hate waste especially food waste and I am loving that I am hearing and reading so much about how schools around the world are tackling this…Teachers are on the ground and they see the kids who come to school dirty and hungry and some have washing machines and wash the kid’s clothes others such as this do not just feed the kids while they are at school but think about what happens out of school evening, weekends and school holidays…

A school district in Indiana is working to provide take-home meals for students in need to ensure they have enough food to eat over the weekends.

Elkhart Community Schools teamed up with a non-profit group called Cultivate to create a pilot program that will provide weekend meals for a small group of children at Woodland Elementary, WSBT reported.

The district’s goal is to expand the program to feed more students in neighbouring schools.

What a brilliant initiative…As is this one…School kids can pay school fees with plastic isn’t that brilliant and then they are turning them into eco bricks…

So many good initiatives by people, not governments…People and I think if we all pull together and do our bit however small we will show the governments what the people can do…xxx

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward 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!

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 are all having a great week xx

Plastic…Part 11…Are we really doing enough?

Good morning for sunny Thailand and it is a glorious day …At the moment …I say that as it is the low season which means sunshine and tropical storms and boy when that rain starts the heavens just open…It is also why everything is so gloriously green here…

Curry plant in bloom

My curry tree…

It makes you feel that all is well with the world but don’t be fooled it appears it is NOT!

I have written much about the billions of tons of plastic which affect the health of our seas…and Planet …landfill…Plastic is everywhere …

But how does it get there?

But I  always dispose of my waste properly! I always recycle when possible!”, We all say it! But, if no-one is responsible, how does so much end up in the rivers and the ocean?

But I always put my trash in the bin!

overflowing waste bins

Photo credit: habeebee on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

How many of us are guilty of adding our waste to that overflowing bin? Then walking away satisfied that we have done OUR bit?…

The problem doesn’t end here either because next, we need to move the garbage to a more permanent location. Before you say recycling, remember that, worldwide, less than 10% of all waste is recycled which means that the majority of your rubbish ends up as landfill or incinerated.

I see rubbish and bins everywhere like that here…So what is generally the first few things that happen before the rubbish is collected…

The wind picks up and blows the plastic bags everywhere...The dogs, cats and even the man who trundles along with his little trolley and goes down the bin…splits plastic bags open to see what is inside… This is life this happens, this is the reality!

street lady going down a waste bin

Photo credit: drpavloff on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC

All true...That is life …We may not want to admit it …But it is what happens…I see this every time I go for a walk but haven’t yet plucked up the courage to ask if I can take a photo…

This part of the story is probably the one we are most aware of. But there is another side of the story that we are less aware of but equally responsible for… I hear you…Loud and clear!

But how can I control illegal dumping of rubbish? Am I responsible for the actions of people who throw away their cigarette butts which are washed down the drain directly into the oceans? These actions do have an impact but it is not the biggest problem. It is also something we have no control over anyway.

In fact, the other side of the story is caused by us…Again! It has been estimated that of all the plastic and rubbish in the oceans, 90% of it comes from just 10 rivers.

Now if you were to look at where those rivers were located you would notice a link… it is those countries which most likely to manufacture many of the cheap, disposable plastic items. Items that are typically found as landfill and littering the oceans, such as plastic bags, toys, toothbrushes, straws and bottles.

They also happen to be the countries most likely to have inadequate waste management facilities. This means rubbish is much more likely to end up being lost to the environment.

We go shopping and often pick up things without a thought…I know I do… I consciously do try really hard but also if it is a product I buy…  I sometimes still buy it and dispose of it correctly of course I do but honestly, I don’t do enough … I really don’t!

I need to be more conscientious… Here’s what I think…

Refuse – Whenever you can, say NO to plastic bags, straws, cups, forks and spoons! And ask yourself, do I really need this?

This one I do…I have bamboo straws and we take our own cups for a refill I also refuse any cutlery or bag as always have a cloth bag with me…This I can honestly say I have perfected.

Reduce – When you cannot refuse, use less of whatever you can!

Truly I need to be better at this one...I need to decide and ask myself do I need to buy something then take the decision to try to find and buy a product marketed as sustainable and manufactured with consideration of the environment…Like these…I love them… banana leaves are used to make little baskets to hold tomatoes or other vegetables the bamboo containers holding tomatoes are emptied into a paper bag at the till and reused…

This is such a simple use of natural packaging and is what I buy when I can but I do need to think before I buy any imported items as that is where my problem lies. I need to think about packaging and the air miles even more …Think before I buy! Buy local …

Reuse – Fill up your water bottle, take cutlery out with you, reuse that plastic bag over and over.

Waterbottle √ Take cutlery with you × reuse that plastic bag √…2 out of 3 most of the time as sometimes I forget the cutlery…My bad…

Repair – If it breaks, don’t automatically throw it away, check if you can fix it!

I do now and that is because Thais are really good at that…Not much gets thrown away they always make do and mend…

Thinking about packaging in the home as I often do…

I have come across these great platinum silicone products which have many uses for the freezer, the oven and taking your food to work or play…It seems there are no known problems at the moment and that although they are not compostable they are fully recyclable where there are facilities.

While not a “100% natural” material like rubber, food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer mostly made from silica (sand). It can withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing, hazardous chemicals – unlike plastics, which contaminate food in these environments.

I like the way that the top seals and they fold flat I am thinking I could use them when I buy meat to save on a plastic bag and for me they would be better in the freezer than glass as I don’t have a very big freezer and glass is rigid and takes up more room.

And if you are short on smiles today then watch this video and I dare you not to smile…

However to keep on believing that throwing our trash in the correct bins and recycling is going to help our planet is wrong. we need to change not only our ways but our thinking…

The Bottom Line…

It is up to us as individuals to take a stand and start changing the way we look at our trash and the things that we buy.

Will you???

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you smile please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic 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!

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 are all having a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Yanang Juice, Koh Samui A Secret Garden, King Tides and Coorg Mango Curry…

I have a corker of a weekly roundup for you much variety which really reflects my brain…It flits around and it just needs a word or a phrase and I am off to DuckDuckGo…Then an idea for a post or a recipe is growing…I never know where I am likely to end up some days. I puzzle over a subject and then bingo the lights go on…I think this week has been much like that one idea has led to another and then I watched Question Time and realised it wasn’t just me…So much is going on in the world it is easy to get sidetracked, isn’t it? Then when it gets too much I just go for a walk or down to the kitchen and cook…

So if you have had a week like me coupled with as I have tropical storms and my seasonal leaking ceiling which no one seems to have the answer to…Get your favourite drink and settle down for a rollercoaster of a read…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

 

First is Sally’s weekly roundup over at Smorgasbord and what a variety of posts she has for you …If the handsome John Wicks is your thing coupled with a daiquiri then you are in for a treat.

Me… I always head straight for the maestro himself the lovely Will. I play his selection of videos while I read or type…Always a treat…I also get to discover and listen to artists that I haven’t heard before and get to learn about their musical journey always well told and fascinating…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-john-wick-3-spirits-in-the-sky-polar-bears-and-apple-daiquiris/

Plastic …Always something new and I am in awe of some of the inventions …I featured The Budweiser recycled football pitch…Not because I am a die-hard football fan but because I saw a floating football pitch here in Thailand and it was awesome…Image playing football and your ball went off the pitch …You got wet…Those kids soon became so skilled at ball control.

Trainers, I mean how many pairs can you have? Adidas has come up with the recyclable trainer ..finished with your trainers they will take them back…How cool is that?The old and new adidas trainers

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/27/plastic-part-10-a-recycled-football-pitch/

Diets have been around since time immemorial and some work and some are just plain dangerous…I mean cotton wool balls soaked in a juice or smoothie and then eating it…How crazy is that? The tapeworm diet…Just the thought is enough to make me stop eating how gross is that? Stress also plays a big part but remember…

stressed is only desserts backwards

Now, where is that Chocolate Brownie? Who ate the last piece?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/28/healthy-eating-eat-smart-yanang-juice-and-the-very-first-diet-book/

Back to Sally who has my permission to go through my archives and pick 4 posts. Sally chose my favourite place this week… The Secret Garden in Koh Samui, Thailand…It is the most magical place I have seen…Enjoy!

Koh Samui The Secret Garden

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-travel-thailandkoh-samuia-secret-garden-by-carol-taylor/

Time for a sort of rant…Haha…But you know me by now and know that I am passionate about what I believe in …Climate Change has me stumped though…I do think there is a problem… not sure how serious it really is as people love to scaremonger BUT  I have watched David Attenburgh and listened to many others and also know that over millions of years naturally things or the earth has changed…I also know we need CO2 as do the trees and plants to survive…Planting trees is good…Deforestation is not…There is so much to be taken into account and it needs to be correct action, not knee jerk action due to pressure but also sometimes politicians do need a kick up the proverbial, stop passing the buck and work together over all parties…So much info to digest…

nature-forest-trees-path-3

Photo on Visual hunt

Trees always make me feel so calm…I have always enjoyed a walk through the trees…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/30/waste-not-want-not-hunger-and-king-tides/

Lastly this week in my kitchen and as he who I rarely obey…haha …has been rained off and is indoors more rather than out in the garden…Has been going through the fridge and cupboards looking for snacks…So it was time to make his favourite Bread Pudding which kept him quiet for a few days…haha and I had to cook comfort food, one pot curries, jalapeno poppers and a tagine…I also made a lovely Coorg Mango Curry…a tad spicy but really nice …So a few recipes to check out for you…All tried and tested in my kitchen…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/31/this-week-in-my-kitchen-bread-pudding-jalapeno-poppers-and-coorg-mango-curry/

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks roundup and please leave a comment on any of the subjects… your comments are very welcome and will always be answered…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