Category Archives: War on Waste

Recycling and Climate Change…16th March 2020…App in the Air…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the latest news on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you so much to everyone who reblogged and commented last week…Your comments are valuable to me and even when I am feeling a little down they brighten my day…It is lovely to see how many of you are doing what you can to recycle, buy local, grow your own very heartening…

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It was also lovely that so many of you were both surprised and pleased to see the video of Maggie Thatcher,  her commitment and call to arms all those years ago… she still inspires…Great lady…

I know many you are being affected by Covid-19 I hope you and your families keep safe and well…if you are self-isolating it gives you time to read, write and reflect as I am sure this is foremost in most peoples thoughts…

But the world carries on and food waste is still much higher than it should be … watching a programme on the FOOD waste I was appalled at the amount of waste still coming from the stores and manufacturers…

When people…Children are starving this should not be happening so please lobby your stores either in person, by writing or your local government official flood his/her inbox…Food still within its sell-by date nothing wrong with it…should not be thrown in the trash…it could be given to food banks, churches a number of organisations…No excuse for it!

How did they react to the programme-makers…Not by talking to them and certainly not by cutting waste but by locking the bins fencing the bins in cages…It still exists and nought is being done so come on mum and dads army show your commitment to food waste…while you are under quarantine and if you are feeling well take your mind off Covid-19 as those children are still starving…

Wow!… This makes me hopeful for the future…

Air Travel…There has been much in the news about the impact of flying and many high profile people have been named and shamed…unfairly I think in some cases…

Life and work goes on...sometimes other methods of travel are not available or due to time constraints or cost unreasonable…Tori found this app which allows you to offset your flight and compensate by planting trees…It is called App in the Air which has integrated a carbon-offsetting widget within the app, which can give travellers an estimate on how their travelling can affect their carbon footprint based on a “carbon calculator”.
Travellers that offset their carbon footprint the most receive a
Carbon Neutral Traveler badge.

That should please the against air travel activists…

Tori also alerted me to the fact that Wales has plans for a national forest running the length and breadth of Wales have been launched by the first minister.

Mark Drakeford said the scheme – which includes £15m of woodland creation grants – would help protect nature and boost tourism.

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The idea is that people would be able to walk the entire length of the forest, from one end of the country to the other, drawing inspiration from the Wales Coast Path which attracts millions of visitors a year.

That is a massive project but sometimes you have to think big as the world is a big place and I think we need to be upping the ante…Thank you for these Tori xxx

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51837146

New York recycles less than 20 per cent of the 3.1 million tons of garbage that its residents produce each year, a number well below other major cities. But as of March 12th plans to propose the New Yorkers have to mandatorily compost are being put forward…Will it go ahead?

Something has to happen with that track record…maybe restaurants there should adopt the Singaporean A1…

City Officials also want attractive trash cans and for business have more storage inside their premises and not litter the sidewalks as is now the case…Time will tell I guess…

The Naughty Corner!

According to The Recycling Association...Pringles and Lucozade are the villains.

With its metal base, plastic cap, metal tear-off lid, and foil-lined cardboard sleeve – Pringles’ combination of materials makes the packaging harder to separate and were described in the report as a “nightmare”.

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The Lucozade’s bottle is recyclable but, again, its combination of materials featuring a sleeve made from a different kind of plastic makes recycling hard.

Having read their comments the manufacturers are not trying very hard to change their packaging…my response neither product is healthy so don’t buy them…

On a happier note …All you ice cream lovers…Magnum launched tubs made from recycled polypropylene plastic packaging …said to be a first in the ice cream industry…

Up to 600,000 tubs are now available across Europe, with millions more to roll out globally.

The move is part of Unilever’s wider global commitment to ensure that at least 25% of its plastic packaging will come from post-consumer recycled content by 2025.

Julien Barraux, vice president Magnum, said: “We are proud to be one of the world’s first food brands to pioneer this ground-breaking technology.”

The tubs are available in Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands, with over three million more due to be launched globally in 2020.

That’s good news...Well done Magnum…aka Unilever…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments 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.

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 week xx

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…How to have A Greener Christmas…

Firstly I would love to wish you all a Very Merry and Green Christmas…xx

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I would also like to thank you for your ideas and support throughout the year…xxx

I do think that the tide is turning…I also think that we should nurture our young and encourage their ideas as there are so many young people who have discovered ways to help the environment and I am not talking about those who skip school and carry placards but still carry the latest phones and wear the latest fashions without a thought about how those actions hurt the environment, how much of that cannot be recycled and how much of that is produced using child labour instead they are intent on telling us to turn vegan/vegetarian and ditch the transport… Except of course when we are joining the other traffic as we drop them at school or college having picked their friends up on the way…

I live in the real world I know some transport is essential, I know some local transport isn’t as good and cheap as what it is where I live…I also don’t have to get children to school, to their activities and then go to work, come home and cook dinner…Oh, there is also shopping and cleaning…

I could go on but I won’t I will spare you that and rely on the fact that you also have active imaginations and can fill in any gaps.

Change needs to happen in our homes…

This video which Tori who has supported me unfailingly throughout the year sent me the link to is worth a look as it suggests ways we can have a greener Christmas…Thank you Tori xxx Tori has also written some great kiddies books..If you still need stocking fillers then please visit her Amazon link 

 

All the items we have in our homes, and would be likely to throw away… some really cool ideas… I love the seed idea and snowflakes…

It is also no secret that I love music...It warmed my heart that Coldplay has taken a stand and won’t tour again until they can ensure that their concerts are “actively beneficial” for the environment.

Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that the band would be “disappointed” if their next tour is not carbon neutral.

Of course, they have made their millions and don’t need to tour again and that puts them in a fortunate position that they are able to call the shots…So fair play to them as it will pave the way forward …I think it is a great move…

It will make the concert promoters more aware and they think in $ and £’s so it is in their best interest to look at plastic and solar power…

Chris Martin said “All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job,”  telling the BBC that the group wants future tours to “have a positive impact.”

It is true as we know we all have to play a part however small it is just like a jigsaw …Lots of small pieces make a bigger picture…

This made me so happy...For years I have followed the work which is being done to clean up the River Thames…There have even been whales sighted and animals and fish which had deserted the Thames are coming back…

THE RIVER THAMES RUNS 215 miles, from Gloucestershire through London to the North Sea, and it hasn’t always been much of a source of English pride. In the 19th century it was known as the “Great Stink,” and Charles Dickens called it a “polluted stream” in David Copperfield (1850)By the late 1950s, after World War II bombings had destroyed much of London’s Victorian sewage system, it was declared “biologically dead.”

But the Thames is back. 

Sea Horses are unknown…But they have appeared…For me, like unicorns, they are magical creatures…

Numbers are steadily increasing… It is all great news for the old lady Thames …she is home to seals, otters, and all sorts now …

This was all achieved by people just doing it…Getting on and doing it…Quietly going about the business of cleaning up the Thames…For some it was their job for others it was their passion.

Last week I talked about wrapping presents…This week I will give you a few facts about the food we eat and what it comes packaged in…

Did you know? 

Turkey…It is estimated that 10 million turkeys were consumed last Christmas. This also means over 3,000 tonnes of turkey packaging was being used.

Taking this into account, 125,000 tonnes of plastic wrapping used for food will also be discarded over the festive period.

Christmas puddings… the majority of which will be packaged in some form of plastic and cardboard packaging…Last year the UK alone ate 25 million.

Mince pies…Brits eat 175 million…

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Putting this in perspective, 1 million mince pie cases equates to 1 tonne of aluminium material.

Just these three festive food items…Conjure up in my mind a staggering amount of waste…

The Solution…

Well…The Christmas pudding and mince pies are easily solvable…Cook from scratch and make your own…No packaging required…If you know someone who can’t or doesn’t cook…Make them some and put them in a pretty container…That is their Christmas present sorted…They will love it!

Turkey… If you buy fresh and local… packaging should be at a minimum just some butchers paper…I know not everyone can do that…However, if you are making your own mince pies and puddings/cake…Be pleased with that reduction in waste and it gives you a whole year to think about next year’s turkey…xx

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

Like Peggy who is a self-confessed recycling, re-use, re-purpose nut. A newspaper makes good gift wrap. And I’m still using the three strings of Christmas lights I bought in 1981.

I am impressed that lights last that long and well done to Peggy for re-using her lights year after year…I have some which are a few years old but I think the point is that if they work why do we want to buy new ones?

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?

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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…

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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

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