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Latest recycling and environmental news…14th October 2019…

Every day there is something in the news about plastic waste, the environment or Climate change…I believe that much is done by individuals and local groups …Governments …I don’t know lots of talk goes on but is there enough action and is there an urgency…?

One thing I have noticed is that there are many females who are quite vocal and proactive not so many males…Is it me or are the male of the species more interested in finding solutions rather than speaking out publicly?

We all know that big corporations and corrupt governments are at the heart of many environmental disasters…I was however shocked at the number of deaths…

The Philippines is the ‘deadliest’ country for environmental, land activists.

Two in every 10 deaths that Global Witness watchdog group recorded last year took place in the Philippines….Now that is scary …Killed for defending their land or environmental encroachment…

I think it just shows the depth of corruption and greed… The sad fact is that there are many around the world who will stop at nothing to get what they want… 

Look at these 5 great green inventions…

Did you know?

Fabric softeners are packed with toxins and chemicals. Who hasn’t sniffed a clean item of clothing well most fabric softeners contain a cocktail of toxic chemicals…No surprise there then…Think Johnsons Baby Products…

The list doesn’t make good reading...Chloroform, A-Terpineol,Benzyl Alcohol,Benzyl Acetate,Ethanol,Pentane ,and many more products and chemicals which are on  the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and linked to CNS disorders…which are easily absorbed through body tissue…

What I find most scary is the fact that manufacturers are aware that the products contain toxic chemicals. The packaging on many brands include a warning that the product should not be used on children’s sleepwear. Since some of the same brands also have large images of children and toys, however, consumers may miss the small print message.

So what is the alternative?

washing blowing on lineFabrics air dried outside on a line do not develop static cling and are more likely to have a natural pleasant smell. If weather or other factors make natural line drying of your clothes an impractical choice, try using more other natural means to eliminate static cling and impart a fresh smell to your laundry.

If possible, install a water softener. You can also eliminate many clothing odors by thoroughly dissolving a cup of baking soda in the water before putting your clothes in the washing machine.

Unfortunately, most people don’t think of making their own softener.

Use vinegar? It eliminates soap residue and minimizes static reduction. Potassium and sodium soften hard water. That’s pretty much everything you need to know before you make your own softener.

Vinegar is made in the second fermentation of dilute distilled alcohol from grain or starches (rice, barley, corn and potatoes). It has a lower acidity when compared to apple cider vinegar.

You will need some quality vinegar, 30 drops of essential oil and a clean bottle. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a bottle, and shake.

How to use it?

Always dilute your homemade fabric softener. You need a quarter cup of softener and ¾ cup of water. Add the softener in the final rinse cycle. How easy is that?

For more info https://realfarmacy.com/fabric-softener/

If you are like me it does seem that every which way we turn we have so many health contaminants in our homes. I am sure if I went through every room in my home item for item I would not have very much left…

Last week, Coca-Cola unveiled a PET bottle with 25% ocean plastic, the product of the company’s collaboration with a chemical recycling startup. About 300 sample bottles were produced.

Image by Bruno Glätsch from Pixabay

The marine plastics were recovered from the environment via a couple different avenues: Volunteers collected the material during 84 beach cleanups in Spain and Portugal, and fishermen brought floating plastic back to 12 Mediterranean ports.

Read the full story here:

Climate Change is also in all the news as Extinction Rebellion is carrying out its protests around the globe…This video discusses the groups aims and the video which follows is Question Time…Some of the policies I agree with others I do not… Many are saying how nice the police have been and yet I saw policeman doing their job..standing in line and being goaded by a man old enough to know better and that was not pleasant to watch…In fact I was appalled and incidents like that as discussed on Question Time will lose them valued supporters…

What are your thoughts? All comments valued this blog is open to a civilised discussion.

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

Latest recycling and environmental news…30th September 2019…

Good morning…I hope you all had a glorious weekend…Mine has been a mixture…New ceilings without looking for the source of the leaks…Another story…any laughter is hysterical…haha…The vegetarian Festiva has started so lots of yummy vegetarian food the decorations are beautiful lots of red and gold…

red lanterns Chinese New Year

But…Let’s look at what has been going on in this everchanging world of Climate Change??? There is always news every day now but I do wonder how much is really true and how much is scaremongering…Am I the only one?

It seems not…I have listened to a two-hour conference where scientists have made their feelings known…After all, we should be listening to the science and not the untrained…

I also watched another video about young Greta and have seen many comments…It does seem after her last speech and her obvious distress that many are concerned for her health and well-being both physical and mental…There are also many questions about who are the ones behind her and the funding etc…That did make interesting listening…I haven’t added that to this post as I thought too much controversy in one post might be too much…It is on my FB page if anyone feels like reading it…

I do admire her tenacity and passion but am worried as I said about her health.

Something else came up regarding the lack of wildlife and honey bees due to the increased temperature and water shortages in the South of France…After I shared a post from The Earthwatch Institute which concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the planet, however, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk.

Bees are all important to the planet and my suggestion to this drought situation was maybe to look at plants which grow in drought conditions which bees are known to like…

honey bee

https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/drought-plants.html

Healthy Soil…If not healthy soil then it impacts every aspect of our lives…It doesn’t matter which way we look whether it is, plastic, waste, climate change they all interlink and either affect the life of our planet or our health…

Some good news on recycling...An enterprising Berkshire lady Jana Little recycles all her neighbours rubbish which the council can’t collect and sends it to Terracycle …The money she makes is converted to vouchers which are sent to her favourite dog charity…To date that is 1,600 pounds…The price of rubbish…

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-berkshire-49758310/recycling-rubbish-enables-jana-little-to-help-dog-charity

Look at the Uk’s first plastic-free supermarket this supermarket should be completely plastic-free by 2020…

Waste plastic News.

Because of the ban which India and other Asian countries are enforcing countries like the USA, UK and Europe can no longer send their waste to these countries for disposal…

The announcement sent shockwaves through the recycling industry because India was a major destination for U.S. material. The country was the second-largest importer of U.S. scrap plastic during the first six months of 2019, bringing in 156 million pounds.

It means companies are going to have to improve their own waste recycling facilities …It does though that on front improvements are being made.

Global plastics recycling company MBA Polymers will open a facility in Germany to recover e-plastics from electronics and appliances.

MBA Polymers acquired a site in the German city of Mauna, which is near Dresden, and it plans to start processing scrap devices in 2020. It will handle over 38 million pounds per year of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), producing recycled ABS, HIPS, PP and PC/ABS plastics.

Also, in the  U.K. plastics recycling has boosted its ability to produce recycled PP and ABS from WEEE and shredded automobiles.

Good News for fish loversSafe mercury levels in Kotzebue Sound fish.

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More good news is that households in the Uk are using less and less electricity year on year according to a new BBC report…

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https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-49728391/the-surprising-truth-about-uk-energy-use

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

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 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…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

Latest recycling and environmental news…23rd September 2019

Good morning…I hope you all had a glorious weekend…Let’s look at what has been going on in this everchanging world of Climate Change??? There is always news every day now but I do wonder how much is really true and how much is scaremongering…Am I the only one?

Lots of protests the school children and their supporters were out in force last week all around the world…It is lovely to see such passion…Young Greta in many ways is to be admired for taking a stand…

BUT…

Do the majority of these kids really take a look at their own pampered lives…AND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE?

For example, many children here want air-conditioning in their classrooms…In fact, in some schools, there is a very distinct class line depending on which programme parents/children choose and pay for…air con will be in every classroom for the better off the other children open the windows and may get a fan …This is a quite recent generational thing and growing…You get what you pay for…

Something which was a luxury is now becoming a necessity…Note: I have aircon(pre ) installed in the house we do not use it…we use fans to cool the air…Just saying x

School classes...Many lessons are now computerised and hands up…How many TV’s do you have in your house and do all your kids insist on a TV in their bedroom??? Personally, I have been a wicked parent and we have never allowed or had TV’s in bedrooms and still, don’t… we have one TV situated in the lounge… devices are all well and good but no one needs every single new device which comes out on the market…

It is also how you dispose of those devices when broken or unwanted…Don’t just throw them in the general trash…

Greta was very admirable taking a boat instead of flying around the world…Not practical in every situation but we should all consider alternative means of transport where possible…

However...How many of these striking children arrive at school in private cars which worsen rush hour traffic instead of walking, taking the bus or riding a bike????

Trendy Teenagers… Are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy, their entertainment comes from electric devices.

I hope all these striking and protesting teenagers are looking at their own lifestyles.

I hope…When they are in school or continuing with their day to day activities that they consider this…Will they be changing their lifestyles like they want us to? Are they considering what their constant use of electronic devices does to the environment or are they only intent on joining the masses …
Will they…

  • Walk, ride a bike or take a bus to school
  • Tell the teachers to turn off the aircon
  • Make a sandwich instead of buying fast food
  • Turn off your device and read a book

Will all you prince and princesses who have been brought up to be selfish and are pandered by adults who pamper their kids because they have a need to show the world how much they have and that they love their kids… Look at their own lives instead of telling the world to look at ours…

Have you done your own research to ascertain the facts or are you just blindly following others?
Who are the people behind your protests are you a means to their ends? Once they have done with you …Will you be able to continue your lives…unscathed?

These are all questions going through my head…Does anyone else have the same questions? Is it just me?

What I do admire is those two little girls who took their concerns to both McDonald’s and Burger King…They were undeterred by the lack of initial response from these two companies and persisted in collecting their signatures…Writing their letters…They enabled the help of Anita and Hugh…

THE RESULT:

Burger King is removing all plastic toys from their children’s meals…Way to go Burger King and… Well done Emma and Kaitlin…

They have achieved this by quietly writing their letters ( after school) Collecting their signatures and unwanted plastic toys….What a result…Love it!

It’s the little people who get great results by quietly doing their thing…

This next horror story because it is… came through my friend Pat…She lives in a beautiful part of Australia and is gradually seeing her world destroyed by bad, greedy government decisions…I made a promise to highlight this for her…

This is apparently now reached crisis point…People cannot even clean their teeth…They have 2 dams and one is completely dry the other is at 8% capapcity almost dry…The water is still being diverted or illegally stolen…The Murray Darling River is running dry..

Life expectancy if you live in this area is 37 years for men and 42 years for women…Yet corruption continues to be sanctioned by successive governments…

When will man stop and realise what damage they are doing to both the planet and its inhabitants????

green foot prints eco system

 

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

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 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…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Health, Recipes and more…so much more…

Wow…what a week this been in one way or another…It will certainly go down as that was the week that was…Hubby is now the proud owner of his first electronic device and is learning all about the wonderful world of Alexa…for him it means he doesn’t have to type…and for me, I don’t have to listen to the cussing…haha

relaxed reading kindle lady

 

But just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggle down in your favourite chair and have a read…I love a roundup all the posts in one place… that way I don’t miss anything  I don’t always have time to read posts as they are published which I am sure you busy peeps don’t either…

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 or whatever your favourite snack is…What is it by the way?  Just asking…haha

Enjoy!

Monday…Time for my update into the ever-growing story of the environment and climate change…Every day we see or hear something, don’t we?… Do you wonder like me how much is fear-mongering and how much is true???

I do believe that as individuals we should think about how we can make a difference…Everyone’s circumstances are different we all have things that we can’t do without or can we???… We have always had a car…We now don’t…Do I miss it…Sometimes…BUT…Honestly not as much as I thought I would…

Of course, we have had to make adjustments…I shop…Aston goes to school…We like to visit people or places…

I know our public transport is better than it is in many places…It is good…Sometimes we hire a car…

The plus side is…we walk more…we see more of our surroundings because we walk and don’t whizz by in the car…I talk to more people…I have lost weight…I feel healthier…Shopping…I walk there and bus or cab back depending on my load…

School…Aston walks more, he catches a bus along with the other kids…He has got used to it…we had the moans early doors…Its raining, I am going to be late…my bag is too heavy to carry…etc etc…

Rain doesn’t bother him anymore or he takes a spare pair of socks…He gets up earlier and moves himself quicker( all good)training for when he goes to work…He only takes what he needs in his bag..he has learnt organisation skills…

My point… change isn’t always easy but with a little effort it is doable and the benefits outweigh the losses…Try it!

We have reduced our carbon footprint…Have you??

green foot prints eco system

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/16/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-16th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Healthy eating… we are bombarded from all sides….social media, newspapers and magazines even our friends and family about this new diet and that new superfood…When really we just need to be mindful…we need a healthy balanced diet…we need to know that what works for one may not work for us… all our bodies and dietary needs are different.

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Lots of factors come into play…Our lifestyle …where we live…our own bodies… we all process things differently…I am trying to make sense of it all while keeping myself and my family as healthy as I can by cooking from scratch with good ingredients…Not expensive ingredients good local ingredients or by growing what I can with the space I have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/17/healthy-eating-eat-smart-golden-milk/

Wednesday…The day where I get maudlin and indulge my self…My passions and loves and maybe yours…Things which have wowed me …or stopped me in my tracks and made me think…Time to reflect…

The boat house sun beds

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/18/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-2/

It is also the day when I can be found over @ Sally’s once a fortnight…My Cookery Column where I bring you flavour and home cooking…nothing fancy just cooked from scratch with love…This week it was two soups…One with beans and cavolo nero and the other with some Thai flavours…I love a bowl of soup whatever the weather but I know that when it is chilly a bowl of soup is welcome…My favourite and I have many soups I like has always been tomato soup…and they always seem to find their way into many of my soups …Enjoy!

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-soups-in-25-minutes-smoked-mackerel-and-tomato-and-cannellini-bean-with-cavolo-nero/

Thursday…I took you with me Down on the Farm…I don’t think I told you we had to get rid of some of our boy turkeys…we seemed to have the wrong balance more males than females and it doesn’t work…The ladies were constantly being bothered…so we have evened it up…they may sleep now…haha

I also introduced you to our very pretty sesame plant…with a recipe for homemade Tahini…

This raised a question from Lieve…A good question with an easy answer when I thought about it…

How to Cook With Tahini: When baking, tahini is typically used in the same way as peanut butter, adding a mildly nutty flavour. It can easily be whisked into sauces and dressings, but keep in mind that adding acid, such as lemon juice, will cause tahini to thicken rapidly. Adding a little warm water will thin it to the proper consistency.

How do overnight oats, with banana, maple syrup and Tahini sound….?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/19/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-sesame-plantngaa-and-barking-deers-mango/

Once a month on a Thursday I can also be found over @Esme’s Salon…I am currently working my way through the Culinary Alphabet and this month it is the letter, T…Now if you are British you will probably know about the idiosyncrasies of what Tea and toast mean to us…If you are not it may make you

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So please pop over and say hello and see what delights I have for you…and please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and you know I always answer you back…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-13-terms-or-food-with-the-letter-t/#comment-17257

Friday…Well, someones been a busy bee this week…I love my fresh honey…and bees…Today I was most honoured to be among the lovely Brigid who is going to get her own hive in the New Year…I wish…and none other than John Rieber…and guess who spelt it wrong…Moi..

Now if you didn’t know John is the master at discovering the unusual and sometimes the gross…He also loves bacon…

So head over and have a read…and before you say it…Yes, I do get around…haha…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-20th-september-2019-brigid-p-gallagher-john-rieber-and-carol-taylor/

Friday is also the day when I take you for a trip around my kitchen…Still on the subject of store cupboard basics… this week it was Rice…Yes, a whole post on Rice…

Not many people know just how many varieties and types of rice there are…more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice…That is without the wild rice which I love by the way…

Coloured rice, black rice and our field of rice…Look how green that looks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/20/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-3-rice/

Saturday…The weekend…Something for you ladies …A well-written look at the workings of our reproductive systems…Where Sally shares her vast knowledge with us…#recommended

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-reproductive-system-part-one-sally-cronin/

If you are still reading after this bumper week I thank you … I hope you have found something you enjoyed or learnt about or which just made you smile…Enjoy your Sunday…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 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…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

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

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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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…

green foot prints eco system

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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Thank you once again for reading this post and if you love it please feel free to share or bookmark for later.  If you have any queries then drop me an email carolcookstwo@gmail.com  xx