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

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

Father and kids on a bike ride

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

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

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

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

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

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

forest trees and sunlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For all you Coffee lovers…A treat!

 

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

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

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

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

Food waste and a solution in the US…

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

Too many arms are being sold and fueling wars…

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Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

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

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

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

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

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

What a sad image …

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

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Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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

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

 

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic…Part 9…Biodegradable and Compostable bags?

Welcome to this weeks post on plastic…It is week 9 already and so much info on plastic it is unreal…

coloured plastic bags blowing in the wind

Photo credit: European Parliament on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

I am trying really hard to dispense with plastic in the home and I have gone a good way forward to doing that but some things cause for radical changes for example ” The freezer” I freeze fruit, some meat and if I make extra of a dish then I freeze in portions …Therein lies the problem for me…

Do I use biodegradable bags or compostable bags?

How can we be sure biodegradable bags are really eco-friendly? Are they the same as degradable plastic bags?

There are independent certification schemes you can look out for that give you peace of mind about the claims being made. But it means that you must do your research…

We will start with your kitchen bin…

Of course, the most eco-friendly answer is don’t line your bin…Which means that you must separate all your compostables,. recyclables and general waste…Of course, if you recycle and compost as much as you can you will find that you will have less waste.

If you must line your bin then check you are using a certified biodegradable or certified compostable bag instead of traditional plastic bags ( no more) using any plastic bags which you bring your shopping home in unless they are certified or those labelled degradable.

So you have checked your bags out and lined your bin…That’s alright then …Isn’t it? No!

Why? Because if you are filling those bags with general/household waste then once it gets to the landfill site the bag will break down or not according to what rubbish is inside the bag so all your efforts checking that your bags are certified will have gone to waste…If you are using biodegradable and compostable bags to contain general waste or household rubbish, be mindful of the fact that once it is all sent to landfill, the bag will behave like the rubbish it is containing. In a landfill site, biodegradable and compostable bags will break down a lot more slowly than they would in your home composting system, and they will break down without oxygen, producing methane, a greenhouse gas much more dangerous than carbon dioxide.

Biodegradable plastic bags…

Quite simply, something is biodegradable when living things, for example, fungi or bacteria, can break it down. Biodegradable bags are made from natural plant-based materials like corn and wheat starch rather than petroleum. However, when it comes to this kind of plastic, there are certain conditions required for the bag to begin to break down and biodegrade.

Firstly, temperatures need to reach 50 degrees Celsius. Secondly, the bag needs to be exposed to UV light. In an oceanic environment, this is highly unlikely to happen. Plus, as I have stated above if biodegradable bags are sent to landfill, they break down without oxygen to produce methane, a greenhouse gas far more powerful than carbon dioxide.

Degradable plastic bags…

Degradable items, unlike Biodegradable bags, are not broken down by living organisms so cannot be classed as biodegradable or compostable. Instead, the bags contain chemical additives used in the production of the plastic which allows the bag to break down quicker than a standard plastic bag usually would.

Which means bags advertised as degradable’ are definitely not beneficial, and can even be worse for the environment! Degradable bags that disintegrate just become tinier and tinier pieces of microplastic quicker, which as we know poses serious threats to marine life.

Microplastics enter the food chain lower down, getting eaten by smaller species and then continuing to make their way up the food chain as these smaller species are consumed. A situation which is highlighted very frequently in the news most recently the victims being gray whales.

Compostable plastic bags…

The word ‘compostable’ is incredibly misleading for the average consumer. You’d think a bag labelled as compostable would mean you could throw it in your backyard compost alongside your fruit and veggie scraps, right? Wrong. Compostable bags biodegrade, but only under certain conditions.

Compostable bags need to be composted in a specific composting facility, Compostable bags are generally made from plant material that returns to base organic components when processed by these facilities, but the problem lies in the fact there are thus far only 150 of these facilities Australia wide.

However, it seems that with the changing of consumer attitudes commercially many countries are struggling as current commercial plants cannot deal with all the different types of plastic …

As a consumer based on this, I am making a concerted effort to avoid as much plastic as I can in my own home,,,

Home Freezing for me one of the hardest to change…Here is a good article about using mason jars as storage in the freezer…Something I haven’t tried yet…Have you?

Dog poo bags? 

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It seems that whatever bag you use not many cities accept them once used due to cross contamination…

I think bags are much like plastic bottles when I reviewed they have a long way to go until recycling is available and effective within a short timescale…

Until then I will do the best I can given the circumstances of disposal available…

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

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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

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

 

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic…Part 4…Plasma Waste Converters

Last week I looked at our choices and responsibilities and how we could do more in our homes to prevent less harmful chemicals and microbeads being swept into our waste systems and waterways… Castille and how we can use it to clean not just our homes but our bodies our hair even our pets it has numerous uses, soap making is just one of them…

home made soaps

Photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell on Visualhunt /CC BY-NC-ND

Leonie from Keep Your Chin Up blog has made her own which I think is great I also think it is another post as soap making is a lot like many things…My efforts at sourdough bread took a while before I got a near perfect loaf and I am guessing making soap is one of those things. Leonie said…Hello Carol, my soap turned out ok, the texture and lather were fine. It didn’t smell as fresh after it had cured as the ones I bought, and I used the recipe provided on the website I bought the soap from. I think it might need more time to saponify until I cut it.

Saponify definition is – to convert (something, such as fat) into soap; specifically: To hydrolyse (a fat) with alkali to form soap and glycerol.

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Back to plastic…We have for a while or I have kicked around some ideas about what we can do in our homes and what is being done by governments to help this plastic crisis when I read a blog post about Plasma Waste Converters...Which triggered a memory as my son worked in waste prior to moving here and I remember a discussion with him about how certain waste products create electricity…His role was to go into companies and advise them on how best to dispose of their waste including nuclear waste…

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The article fascinated me and of course, I had to do some research on the subject…I discovered that Asia is absolutely leading the way in this technology. Japan to be precise have three plants funded by Hitachi.

One facility is particularly worth noting. This is a 200 Ton per day unit that
has been operating at Hitachi Metals in Utashinai, Japan for the past three
years. This facility treats MSW( Municipal Solid Waste) and waste from an automobile shredding plant.

Why are they not being used around the world if they are so good and efficient?

It is still a relatively new technology. The cost of building and operating one is still much higher than that of some of its competitors including landfills and incinerators. There has not yet been standardisation of the design and thus the huge and complex machinery must be custom-built every time. The energy needed to power PWCs is also very high, especially compared to incineration, which requires only a match.

It must be said, however, that although it takes a lot of energy to run a PWC, you will very quickly make all that energy back and more. PWCs are extremely efficient long-term; unfortunately, short-term profits dictate much of what happens in society.

Out of the 100 of these plants in the world, only the three in Japan are processing MSW…

There is also a town in Japan which has no waste…It does seem as if much effort is being put into preserving the world for future generations by the Japanese …Maybe the rest of the world should take note…

It seems to me that by having strict laws and proper waste recycling plants that they are tackling the problem …The onus should also be on manufacturers to be aware and actively ensuring that all packaging they produce can be disposed of and decompose within a reasonable timeframe and I am not talking years…It is a national problem and people and manufacturers should be asked to play their role.

The cost of Plasma Waste Converters should be also borne not only by consumers but by companies like Hitachi and I am sure Hitachi see the long-term gain or they wouldn’t be funding such a huge project.

Please pop over to Adams blog as it is well worth a read he also has produced an excellent article on Plastic pollution in the ocean which is excellent and he can put it so much better than I can…

https://adambolandblog.com/2019/03/04/the-new-frontier-plastic-pollution-in-the-ocean/

Thank you so much for reading this and please as always let me have your thoughts as I love your comments…Have a great week xxx

Not forgetting that the Voting has started for the Bloggers Bash Awards and all the nominees are worthy winners if you have a favourite blog Including mine…I have been nominated for the Best Food Blog then we would all love your votes if we are your favourite …So please vote…Good Luck everyone you are winners xxx

https://annualbloggersbash.com/2019/04/10/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-2019-vote-is-live/

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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