Category Archives: No to food waste

Recycling and Climate Change…Recycle, Reduce and Re-use…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimize rubbish and clean up the world …But Christmas is coming…

How much extra waste do you think will be generated around the world over Christmas and the New Year?… What can we do to minimise this waste?

Remember the 3 R’s…Recycle, Reduce and Re-use…

Before we buy wrapping paper…Remember to do the scrunch test – 

As not all types of wrapping paper can be recycled.

I am not suggesting walking around the store scrunching up all different kinds of wrapping paper…I am suggesting that you just think back…Think back to that beautiful, pretty sparkling package you received or wrapped for a loved one…A lot of the paper doesn’t crinkle and crease..Does it?

We really know the stuff...Don’t we?

If you really don’t…Then the easiest way to determine this is to scrunch the wrapping paper in your hand, and if the paper remains scrunched it’s recyclable. If it springs back it’s more than likely to be covered with a plastic film which can’t be recycled.

Wrapping paper is often used once and thrown away.

I have been as guilty of that as the last person…I now realise at what cost to the environment and I know that most of us love pretty things and beautifully wrapped presents…All glitz and glitter…

I don’t like seeing this…This is the reality of all our excesses and waste…

What can we do?

Try using colorful pages torn from magazines to wrap small gifts, and old maps or the Sunday comics for larger boxes.

Use reusable decorative tins, baskets or boxes.

If you do buy wrapping paper, look for ones made of recycled paper. Reusable cloth ribbons can be used in place of plastic bows unless you are reusing those from previous years or use some pretty string which you can also reuse for something else…

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Finally, unwrap gifts carefully and save wrappings for reuse next year. Iron it and trim the edges and it all ready for next time.

If you buy gifts, look for durable and re-usable items.

Buy gifts with an environmental message: a nature book, a refillable thermos bottle, a canvas tote bag, a battery recharger or items made from recycled materials.

Choose solar powered instead of battery-powered products. Or better yet, ones that require no power at all.

Other environmentally-smart gifts include homemade ones: Homebaked cookies, bread or jams, a plant or tree.

Concert or movie tickets, dinner at a restaurant, or an IOU to help rake leaves or repair a leaky faucet. Ones that get “used up”: candles, soap, or seeds for next year’s garden.

You are probably receiving piles of EXTRA mail-order catalogs at this time of year. Call the company’s 0800 number and ask that you be removed from their mailing list. Fortunately, magazines and catalogs can be recycled with your mixed paper.

Lastly, if you send holiday cards, look for ones made of recycled paper. Avoid cards with glossy, shiny or gold foil coatings since these cannot be recycled. Save the cards that you get in the post, cut off the front pictures, and reuse as “postcards” next year.

This saves on postage too. Or, send ”electronic cards” or make a phone call instead!

Personally, I love gifts of time and gifts that are sure to be used.

Get out your creative side or involve the kids and make certificates for…Baby-sitting, taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, cleaning the house, or cleaning the car.

Trips/Outings
Museums, parks, beaches, hikes, full moon walks, or winter picnics.

Hand Made Gifts
Fill a basket with baked goods, assemble a collection of favorite family recipes, make a holiday bouquet from fresh greens, holly, etc. and tie with a bow, make Christmas ornaments from family photos, or videotape family members telling favorite family stories/memories.

Tickets…to a movie, concert or sports tickets, a food tour…

Gift Certificates
Restaurants, record stores, book stores, video rental stores, department stores, or grocery stores.

Memberships
Health spas swim clubs, museums, zoos, or amusement parks.

Subscriptions
Magazines, newspapers, book clubs, or flower of the month club.

Gifts for Children…

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“Dress Up Box” filled with costume jewelry ( I know) a little girl who would love this, scarves, hats, aprons, and ties, cooking equipment and a recipe with ingredients, blank journal or diary, blank scrapbook with scissors and tape, flower seeds and pots, or toolbox and supplies to build a simple birdhouse/dolls house…

Gifts to the Environment
Send e-greetings to family and friends who are on-line, buy a living Christmas tree and replant after the holidays, buy live plants, gardening tools, birdseed, battery charger with rechargeable batteries, bus/light rail/train passes, bicycles or walking shoes.

I think we all need to take a step back...How many times have I heard people saying how commercialised Christmas is…How they end up paying for Chrismas until the next Christmas…how many gifts are returned to the stores, left in a drawer. How often on Christmas day have you witnessed( I have) your child or grandchild having great fun with the boxes their toys come in???

How many presents are left where they were unwrapped and not given a second look???

But how delighted were you when a few months later you enjoyed a concert or a spa or a well earned night out when you used your certificate for a baby sitter???

I will just leave you with these sobering thoughts…

An extra 30% of rubbish is produced and discarded throughout the festive period when compared with the rest of the year.

This additional waste will be in the region of 3 million tonnes.

Part of this will be the 54 million platefuls of food wasted over the period this to me is the most heartbreaking news when people are cold and starving…

The UK will also throw away approximately 500 tonnes of Christmas lights each year!

I know this week there is some bad news but there are also solutions…There is also so much more that I and everyone else can do…Happy Christmas…xxx

Lots of ways we can have a great environmental Chrismas …Janet is she is an example to us all…

Please share your stories on how you plan to reduce your homes waste at Christmas we would love to hear them…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there 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 own home’s 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!

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

Recycling and Climate Change…The Good News…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimise rubbish and clean up the world …I do think we all need to take part though and learn just how and what can be recycled as many things are made from a mixture of various types of plastics which then means they need specialist recycling. I am much more aware when I buy something now as to its composition so that in the event it will need recycling at some stage I know where and how…or even if it can be recycled. Are you?

A heart map held by a hand

 

I have decided that in the run up to Christmas and with all the election news and impeachments etc etc…Mondays will be a good news day…

As Christmas is coming I thought that I should turn our thoughts to batteries as there will be many of these sold and thrown away…

Batteries contain several poisonous chemicals and heavy metals and their dumping has attracted environmental concerns due to contamination of water and soil. As such, batteries need recycling to comply with environmental and health benefits.

Happy Hour… 

Happy Hour is traditionally something which denotes bars and drinking on holiday who doesn’t gravitate towards the bars where the cocktails are half price between 4pm and 7 pm???

If you live in Finland however…Supermarkets have taken a step forward and have a happy  hour each day where perishable products are sold cheaper with aim of cutting food waste…What a brilliant idea as not only does it help people on limited budgets but cuts waste food…It is a win-win situation all round…

A brilliant idea which could be adopted around the world…

Who doesn’t love fish? Not so fish guts…well unless you live Asia where products like Phla are made and used in cookery…Not something everyone likes…including moi…

But this enterprising young lady who was a student at the University of Sussex held her nose and developed a plastic-like material made from scales and skin. Not only is it made from waste, but it’s also biodegradable.

Using solar power is on the increase and what better way than to harness energy by natural means…

 

This new hybrid device also uses solar energy…

https://world-news-monitor.com/business/energy/renewables/2019/11/21/new-hybrid-device-can-both-capture-and-store-solar-energy-device-offers-a-new-avenue-for-capitalizing-on-abundant-solar-energy/

So many good new ideas and I think a far better and faster way to help the environment than relying on banning gas-guzzling means of transport…People don’t always react well to being told to stop doing/using this now scenario…But do react much better to ways of using what is created…Like the young lady with the fish guts what she said made sense…

I read an article the other day and when I started reading it I was mentally preempting what would come next and I was correct it was all about not eating beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish because of the methane and other environmental harm they are perceived to cause…No mention of course of power plants and factories…It didn’t stop there…Bananas, almonds, butter were also on the list ..When telling my son he mentioned the V-word immediately…as being the author…

Of course, we should be looking at the carbon footprint of the goods we buy and buy local and in season…

But we should be praising and encouraging all these good ideas which are harnessing what we have already and benefitting the environment.

Here in Thailand, the quest to stop using single-use plastic bags by January 2020 is in full swing…

137 branches of 7 Eleven across Thailand will stop providing plastic bags from Monday as part of a trial before a nationwide ban comes into force at the start of 2020. The Nation reports that the step is being taken in support of a government policy to reducing the use of single-use plastic.

137 branches out of 10,300 stores in Thailand isn’t many, but it’s a start. Considering how many bags are used on a daily basis I am impressed at how quickly this ban is being taken forward…no if’s and but’s just do it is the message…

 

Finally…22 great inventions and products…..saving the earth seems to be in full swing…

 

Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories we would love to hear them…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there 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 own 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!

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

Recycling and environmental news 4th Nov 2019…Homemade Advent Calendar

Once again a very warm welcome to this week’s recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…I would also like to extend my thanks to all of you who support and comment on these posts. I know how passionate many of you are about not only the environment but recycling, our food chain, and manufacture…

circular recycling the world and a green leaf

I try to keep these posts as upbeat as I can as no one wants to read doom and gloom all the time, HOWEVER…I do think we all need to be aware of what goes on around us we cannot continue to bury our heads and live in our own little bubbles while child labour deforestation, climate change, chemicals in our food chain, animal testing, fracking, starvation, food waste etc etc merrily goes on…

I highlighted last week how the chocolate industry despite good intentions are fighting an uphill battle…

Corruption is ‘pervasive’

The giant chocolate companies are not solely to blame for not stopping deforestation. Environmentalists accuse governments, too.

This post highlights just what is happening and also how Mars is trying to combat and improve the chocolate industry…

Corruption is “pervasive,” according to the financial auditing firm KPMG, which told investors that Ivory Coast ranks 108th out of 176 countries. The distribution system for cocoa, too, “is often erratic and is subject to corruption and capricious political interference,” according to a 2017 World Bank report.

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There will soon if not already be lots of chocolate for sale...Many offers..Buy 1 get one free but please think of how it was produced and despite efforts by the chocolate industry child labour is still used in the production of most chocolate whatever the claims …

 

Single-use plastic bags and packaging…

Thailand has a big plastic problem but I see signs from major companies of change…Many places now use brown paper bags and I was pleasantly surprised when buying books and pencils for the start of the new school term that when I arrived at the till I was told “sorry madam” no bags…I asked was that just for today and she answered: “no madam forever” …That statement was met with a big smile from me…

Tesco is a huge retail group and have stores everywhere around the UK and have many stores here in Thailand under the brand of Tesco lotus…Tesco in the UK is going forward in the battle against packaging and waste which I am pleased to see…

They are starting with moves to cut out plastic from their own brand products…

SC Johnson…are a leading manufacturer of household cleaning brands…I was interested to read how they are tackling plastic waste as their products produce much of it…I am also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the promised collection centres some of which are to be here in Thailand.

SC Johnson and Plastic Bank already have nine collection centres in Indonesia. Under the new three-year agreement, they will expand to 509 total collection centres and points across several countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – four of the five countries that contribute most to ocean plastic – and Brazil.

It seems that recycling is known as a typically feminine occupation and the reason why many men just don’t …Not seen as a masculine thing to do…Not so Steve Tanham...he makes eco-bricks from waste plastic packing etc …

Steve said…It takes a bit of effort but recycles both the plastic milk bottle and the ‘thin plastic’ contents at one go. If you ram the contents (handle of a long wooden spoon) into a compressed state the resulting bottle – which can take weeks to fill – can be used as an insulating brick in construction projects. A lady in South America came up with the project for rural local housing.

Well done Steve let us know when you find someone to make use of them …:)

Christmas…How many of you make your own Christmas decorations and ornaments…? One of my blog readers makes her own advent calendar she has crotchet one for herself and is now doing another for her brother what a great idea…I am looking forward to the photos. Janet also shared some tips…Thank you…We’re saving toilet rolls for Xmas crackers and my daughter says we can buy stuff from charity shops to put inside. One can knit or crochet any shape so woolly crackers?! I crocheted an Advent calendar last year and I’m making another one this year for little brother. I cut up old Xmas cards to make little pictures to pull out of the pockets then my daughter had the idea to write each day’s activity on the back….cool ideas thank you for sharing, Janet 🙂 

You have inspired me ...I am saving toilet rolls and have found this idea for anyone who can’t knit or crotchet…

I think this is a great idea however I noticed that the paper she used was probably not recyclable anything that is shiny… you cannot recycle you can reuse…

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…Have you got some great Christmas makes to share?

 

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!

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Climate Change, Health, Recipes …Week ending 27th Oct 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup…The sun is shining it is a beautiful morning…

We are still baking with the main ingredient being bananas… we have fried bananas made smoothies and banana bread, Green banana koftas, had them with ice cream and I still after giving some away have many bananas..so any ideas gratefully received…

What has been going on this week in my blogging world?…  No… I have not been discussing Brexit although I have been watching the House of Parliament live…I have better worthwhile causes to champion…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Anyway enough of my chatter…Grab a drink it is time to settle down, relax and have a read something for everyone…Enjoy!

Let’s begin then…

Monday…Recycling and the environment…

circular recycling the world and a green leaf

Image by annca from Pixabay

Lots of exciting goings-on this week I was most impressed with the cleanest, greenest power plant in the world…Plastic being made into fuel which really impressed the grandson( Aston)  although I was informed by numero 1 son ( who) worked in Waste Disposal in the UK…that it was something he promoted as his company did that…It seems the apple didn’t fall far from the tree…haha…I do remember him telling me years ago …It is the people who quietly get on and just do it…They are the real champions of climate change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/21/recycling-and-environmental-news-21st-oct-2019/

Tuesday…

Healthy Eating and exercise for kids…Not always easy when it is not safe for kids to play outside your home and sometimes planned sporting clubs can be expensive and you have to travel but there are many in most towns and cities even small villages…

Here we don’t have swish venues and luckily kids can play outside…it is safe but we have also installed a basketball net…

Nannie is now also a basketball coach…Lily now doesn’t need the net lowered and is now aiming for 40 goals or in the net… whatever is the basketball term…    bless her. Such determination in a soon to be 7-year old I haven’t seen for a long time. That ball is heavy and I thought her arms would ache but no… she is tiny but strong…

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Aston is finding out his little sister is not far behind him in many things…She is setting the bars high.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/22/healthy-eating-exercise-for-the-kids/

Wednesday…

The day when I indulge myself…We had Dumbo and Frozen…Food..aka Apple Pie and a beautiful village in England all made from fruit cakes…Adele not only does she have a great voice she is also a good sport and funny…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/23/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-15/

Thursday…

Not long now until Halloween…Lots of food and fun and scary costumes…Trick or treating…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/24/national-pumpkin-month-facts-trivia-and-allergy-friendly-mummy-bars/

Friday…

This week in my kitchen and store cupboard basics …Vinegar, sauces, and condiments…Recipes and tips on building your store cupboard…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/25/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-vinegar-sauces-and-condiments/

Saturday…

Time to make our Sweet Mincemeat and celebrate National Mincemeat day…Way back in the 15th-century mincemeat did contain meat and fruit …Where did the name originate from… The mince in mincemeat comes from the Middle English mincen and the Old French mincier…traceable to vulgar Latin minutiae and Latin minutia meaning smallness.

National Mincemeat Pie Day

The word mincemeat is an adaptation of an earlier term minced meat, meaning finely chopped meat.

Who remembers their parents using the term… Making mincemeat of him/her as in meaning to defeat them easily and soundly at something?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/26/national-mincemeat-day-26th-october/

That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the read…Have a great 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.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

 

 

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!

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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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