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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…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 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

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…

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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…

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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…9th September 2019

Welcome to this weeks environmental and recycling news as always I share both the good and the bad with you and hope that as you also do your own research that you form your own balanced opinion on how things are going…Can we believe all the headlines? I think from past experience the answer to that is no…

Electric cars and other modes of alternative forms of transport seem to be high on the agenda with many and they certainly seem to be evolving into something good…

Greta is to be congratulated for her mode of travel. Prince Harry and Meghan are being villainized for theirs…

TWO totally different sets of circumstances and let’s be clear about this…All these climate change initiatives are to be admired BUT lets not get overzealous with all this…Do we really think we can return to times past? The world has changed and we need to rein it in a bit…

 

 

We can all try to do what we can when we can and when possible …BUT it has to fit in with our lifestyle and circumstances…Change where we can and if we can…Let’s not have witch hunts…

David Attenborough is famous, well-travelled and has seen much…I love his programmes on the Natural world… I find this video interesting … David is now seeing through his work the damage being done to the natural world…

Waste food...I abhor waste and love to read and see what is being done with waste not waste which can be used to feed people but waste which is waste like coffee grounds and avocado pits…

With all the bans on plastic and straws coming into effect people are looking for alternatives…However…biodegradable plastics typically cost around 40 per cent more than regular plastic.

A Mexican biochemical engineer named Scott Munguia has come up with a solution.

Avocado pits.

His company Biofase is located in the heart of Mexico’s avocado industry, where it turns 15 tons of avocado pits per day into biodegradable straws and cutlery.

Avocado seed bioplastic doesn’t cut into our food supply or require any additional land to be dedicated to its production.

And best of all, it’s truly biodegradable, unlike many “biodegradable” plastics. fully decomposing in just 240 days, compared to conventional plastic which is estimated to take 500 years to break down and never fully biodegrades.

If kept in a cool, dry place it can last up to a year before it starts degrading.

Munguia figured out how to extract a molecular compound from a pit to obtain a biopolymer that could be moulded into any shape, Mexico Daily News reports.

I think that is a great idea and at no extra cost …

As always my intrepid reporter the ever-watchful Tori...Finds me gems and snippets on great ideas to reduce waste etc…She is a little star…Thank you, Tori and she has the most adorable fur babies …and write awesome childrens books…

Three International chefs have opened the first zero-waste restaurant in Finland…Read all about it here

Called restaurant Nolla the aim is to make zero waste the norm withing the wider restaurant industry…

Have you heard about CupCycling? Well…Specialist papermaker James Cropper is turning coffee cups into papers and packaging, as part of the world’s first recycling process dedicated to upcycling takeaway cups.

 

There is a lot in the news about Hemp at the moment and I should say there has been for a while…

It is said that one acre of hemp( grown) in a single season..it is fast-growing and disease resistant …yields as much paper and four acres of trees…

I also read that some years ago when the US was giving aid to Bangladesh one of the conditions was that they get rid of the hemp plantations which they did. Then when it rained heavily, there were huge avalanches that took lives because the hemp roots were no longer holding the earth together.

I am puzzled about all of this but maybe I shouldn’t be…I do have a suspicious mind…

This news, however, made me happy …The makers of Lego...My kids and grandkids blue string heart shape on wooden pallet   Lego…A universal toy guaranteed to keep kiddies occupied and quiet…In our house, it also keeps grandad quiet…An added bonus…haha

The River Thames…is now cleaner and the wildlife has been returning…Seals, grey Mullett…

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It is beautiful to see and although there are still problems with waste etc it is getting better…Damm all the companies and people who still think it is ok to pollute the rivers and seas with their waste…SHAME ON YOU!

Thank you for reading and if you have any news and views on zero waste or the enviroment please share…xxx

About Carol:

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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Latest recycling and environmental news…2nd September 2019…

 

Travel and alternative means of travel seems to be a hot topic…It was heartening to hear how many of you are looking at alternatives to your car and looking at electric models, your mode of travel when you need to use other transport i.e for your holidays…

green foot prints eco system

Electric Cars and changing to one seems to be gaining momentum… I have been greatly heartened by the many readers who have one and love it…

Pete Springer is a big fan and  added to his review from last week and said:

Another thing I neglected to say about a hybrid or electric car is how unbelievably quiet they are. When I took mine for the test drive a few years back, I turned the key and then looked over at the salesman assuming something was wrong. I asked, “What do I do now?” His reply, “Drive.” Pretty funny!

John Reiber said: Carol, as your post shows, it’s another week of “two steps forward, one step back”…keep sharing these important stories, both good and bad, to keep awareness high and momentum going forward…oh, my wife bought an electric car last year and it’s like floating on air…with my hybrid, we now use about 10 gallons of gas a month.

Alethea said: We have two plugins. I drive a Chevy Volt and my husband a Prius Prime. We love our plugins. They are peppy, quiet, and no fumes unless we’re on a longer drive. The added bonus is they are powered by our solar panels. 🙂 Also, both very affordable cars.

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Steve said: I have a hybrid Toyota, Carol – A RAV4. I like the car a lot and it’s quite powerful. The miles per gallon doesn’t live up to the claims, but at least it is supporting a key future technology. We’ve got to embrace new technologies and get to that critical mass where big things happen!

It’s 18 months old, so there is a new model. The standard Toyota platform, as used in the Prius, as well, is a ‘self-recharging’ mechanism that doesn’t plug in, but has computer-controlled ‘scavaging’ whereby it used every element of the car’s motion to re-charge the huge internal batteries. You can set it to use only electric, but only low speeds; and it will switch to petrol when it needs too. Overall, its an excellent car

These reviews are twofold for me…They give me hope that car drivers are embracing change PLUS they are genuine reviews by the people who use them daily…They are not salesperson speak or manufacturers but genuine people who use cars…

Thank you guys for your input it is valuable and I love how this post is interactive…You all rock!

Also on the subject of travel...young Greta Thunberg who has taken a year out of school to champion her dream of seeing changes being implemented for the good of the environment…Is on her travels…

Although her mode of travel is not something we can all adopt she is certainly doing all she can to show how serious she is…

Opting to cross the Atlantic in a zero-carbon yacht. The 16-year-old Swedish activist was travelling on a sailboat to attend a UN summit on zero-emissions after refusing to fly there because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.

Hats of to this young lady she is certainly inspiring many people to make a difference…It was also lovely to hear that her father was with her on this journey…

Food Waste…Something which is dear to my heart as I don’t believe that in this day and age anyone should be worrying about how to feed their children or be going to bed hungry…

 

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Most of us buy too much food it sits in the fridge and goes bad…We are not savvy shoppers …A bargain isn’t a bargain if we buy more than we can consume ..we need to be looking at if we buy more than we need can we pickle, can, make jams, chutneys, freeze it not just use what we need and throw the rest because it doesn’t last that long…

If we are cooking and scaping scraps of plates into the waste bin..serve or cook less…offer seconds….leftovers? freeze portions or use the next day …learn how to use leftovers…I will be posting some recipes using leftovers in my Friday’s post as a part of my new series…We need to become smarter…Do you have a neighbour who is on their own would they appreciate a dish?

Thinking caps on….Time to do our bit to ensure everyone has food in their tummies if we look after our part of the world it could become a reality..Already there are schemes springing around the world be part of it…

Don’t be the cause of someone going to bed or going to school hungry…

Italy is introducing a series of incentives to end food waste. Instead of throwing away leftover food, Italy wants businesses that sell food to donate unsold to charities rather than throw it away.

The environmental, economic and moral benefits are so clear that the bill received broad support across all political parties and is speeding through the approval process. The next step will be getting businesses to comply, providing some sort of nudge to change the current model of careless waste.

Other countries such as France are nudging businesses in the form of a steep fine. Italy is trying another way…

What else is being done?? In the UK and the US…Schools, businesses, communities are all working to feed children…Many of these are children of parents who work but because of low wages,  high rents and services parents who often go without themselves to feed their children…are struggling to feed their children. Children are starving or not receiving adequate nutrition around the world…It must stop!

Schools are a natural fit for food pantries – they provide an easy-to-access location that parents and students feel comfortable in and visit regularly. While some parents might not be able to visit traditional food pantries because of distribution times or location, in most cases school pantries distribute food at the end of the day when parents are already at the school to pick up their children.

Locating food pantries in schools means the program is able to connect kids and their families with the healthy food they need during the weekend. Just how much of an impact does the program make? Every year, school pantries serve 21 million meals to nearly 110,000 children.

Want to help feed kids during the school year? Ask a school near you if they have a pantry…Maybe you can help or donate food?

Recycling: Sweden has a good and high rate of recycling. They do it with a simple colour coding system. Could this be the way forward for the UK and other countries to improve recycling rates? And its a win-win situation. More people recycle, its easier to sort, less cross-contamination, recycle of the bags used, biofuels produced, and much more besides. The only downside is that individual households might have to use a little bit more of there kitchen space to collect recyclables. For the full report, see here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/busines…

I love how Holland is always bright and cheery they plant flowers everywhere…This idea is wonderful and great for the bees…
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The fires are still burning in the Amazon...Indigenous tribes are praying for protection…
Most of the Amazon is located in Brazil, but significant parts are also located in Colombia and Peru, where fires have also been detected.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has banned setting fires to clear land in the Amazon Rainforest for 60 days, in response to the overwhelming increase in the number of fires there now. The Amazon, which helps to slow down the pace of global warming, has seen more than 80,000 fires break out so far this year.
These fires and deforestation are devastating to indigenous peoples and animals…

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About Carol:

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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The latest news on the environment and recycling…19th August 2019…

Monday…The start of another week …I have lots of good news for you this week and I am sure I can find someone to go into the Naughty Corner…and if they clean up their act and get it together I may even promote them at some point but they will have to prove they are worthy of a mention… 

There is much in the news lately about travel…About people who are talking about the enviroment quite publicly but are totting up those carbon footprints by their means of travel…

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What are your thoughts on this? Do you think about how you travel? But are a zealous recycler…How many of you have changed your mode of travel?

We have no car now…We travel by bus or walk…However, if I am taking a trip I generally go by plane…short journeys of about 1 and a half hours…Could I go by bus or train? I could…Would I consider the bus or train…I am considering the train…The buses are another story…The record for safe travel by bus is not good…here…

We could improve we are getting better so I really need to try harder…How about you?

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Back to what are your thoughts do you think if we address carbon emissions in other ways that will work? Electric cars seem to be something which seems to be a viable option and more people are changing…

This post on train travel gives some great options…Click here…

What about planes are there plans afoot to reduce their carbon footprints ? would that raise fares? This is an interesting article on how if you have to fly you can reduce your carbon footprint and also it talks about ” Offsets” something I haven’t heard of before but it sounds interesting and something that all these frequent flyers and the jet-set could adopt or maybe they already do???

Zero waste in the home… How many of you can claim that title…I can’t… I try my best but am not yet completely Zero waste-free in my home…Are you?

Anne Marie has some brilliant ideas as to how we can go zero waste in 31 days…Please pop over and say hello and check out her ideas…

Can we help reduce greenhouse emissions with our food…?

That wedding breakfast last week…was an awesome way to show how waste food and food past its sell-by day can still be used and make some fantastic dishes which could grace any table as this wedding feast showed…

There are many similar schemes popping up all over the place…The rise of not-for-profit “pay-what-you-like” projects in the UK, which have been set up either to help people struggling to put a meal on the table or for environmental reasons.

It does, however, leave me asking how much waste food do we produce???

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-leicestershire-48067194/how-much-food-waste-do-we-produce 

Or can an intelligent bin cut food waste…

The bin reads how much food you are wasting…

I think we all know that cows are a big source of Methane gas …Scientists now have discovered how to turn CO2 into oxygen…

 

The naughty Corner…

China (Coal)

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, and it shows in the results of the investigation by the CDP. According to the report, the coal industry in China was responsible for 14.32 % of the world’s GHG emissions.

What is China doing…China has already set out a target of ensuring its still-growing emissions peak by 2030, a target experts say should be met. Which means the highest point will have been reached and emissions will begin to fall.

However, Keohane vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund, a US-based environmental group. said the new emissions trading system could allow that peaking – essential if the world is to remain within the goals of the Paris agreement, to hold temperature rises to no more than 2 degrees C – Peaking could take place years earlier.

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About Carol:

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

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

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

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

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