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Latest recycling and environmental news…9th September 2019

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Avocado pits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carol:

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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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…

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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…

Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest if you liked it please share or reblog, Thank you xx

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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?

train station

Image by victorsnk from Pixabay

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.

Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest if you liked it please share or reblog, Thank you xx

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…13th August

This week I have brought you a mixture of good news as it really isn’t ALL doom and gloom…There are lots of great schemes, new ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make it a better place for us and the wildlife…But of course, I will have a naughty corner…

My grandson was on a school trip last week planting trees…I was pleased to hear this as Thailand has a huge plastic waste problem but to know that they are encouraging the kids to think about the enviroment is very pleasing…I am still waiting for the images and some more info which I will post soon…

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Talking of trees New Zealand’s target of planting one billion trees is going well…The government plans to meet its goal by making it easier to plant trees. They will do this by lowering any planting barriers currently faced by landowners and improving incentives to support the right trees, in the right place, for the right purpose. They are also interested in partnering with New Zealanders regarding research, innovation, and sector development initiatives.

I do think with the sheer scale of the recycling… That much work is needed at source these comments from Rod McDaniel, CEO of Springfield, Tenn.-based processor S3 Recycling Solutions. McDaniel will be participating in a conference session called Growth in Turbulent Times, featuring perspectives from a range of e-scrap executives who have pushed forward their businesses despite commodity fluctuations and other industry uncertainties. I think what he is saying is true they do have to make a profit…It is business after all…But the enviroment is also a factor…

What would you say is the single biggest challenge facing the e-scrap industry today? Recycling electronics responsibly all while making a profit. It seems as if every month there is a new e-waste company that has gone out of business for either illegally dumping or loss of revenue/profit.

How has S3 Recycling Solutions gone about navigating these challenges?
As far as responsible recycling, although we are not R2, all our downstream vendors hold this certification (or e-Stewards). I think it’s important for recyclers not to always see our “competitors” as the competition. We have developed relationships with our downstream partners that specialize in areas we do not. An example of that is our relationship with Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations. We do not specialize in de-manufacturing; we do perform light de-manufacturing and work with DLI to recycle all of our end-of-life electronics. About 80 per cent of our revenue comes from the resale. 
It is good to see that he is looking at competitors from the same industry as partners in a way and looking at how they can together combine their areas of expertise.
Good to hear…as recycling is a huge area and must be done responsibly…
Surfin…This word always conjures up the song from the Beach Boys which I think I played to death in my younger days…
Image by Manie Van der Hoven from Pixabay
Surfers have an intimate relationship with the water, but the damage they do goes under-reported. Wetsuits are made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber originally invented to line landfill sites: good for staying warm while surfing in December, less so for the environment.
It is estimated that 380 tonnes of wetsuit waste are dumped every year. But one man has come up with a radical solution…A fully recyclable wetsuit…
The Orkney Isles charge ahead with electric…They are now producing more than they need…
This is quite a long video but interesting…
Wow, how good is this? A wedding breakfast using waste food…Now, this is some dedication to stopping food waste…
The lavish banquet included sea bream, sea bass, ox, pork ribs and chicken, with vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian diners also catered for – all created from surplus food that would otherwise have been destined for the rubbish bin.

But guests only found out the origin of their meal after they had tucked in, with the big reveal by the bride and groom drawing “huge gasps” from across the room.

How wonderful and it just shows what can be done…I think for too long we have all just accepted things as they are and I think reading a lot of these incentives they are community-based and I think we need to accept that if we still want to take from all the wonderful foods and the pleasure we gain from beautiful places we need to play OUR part…

Naughty Corner…Mining…

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One of Australia’s most contentious coalmines, New Acland, was caught drilling 27 illegal bores last year and fined $3,152 by the Queensland government, a figure an environment group has labelled “paltry”.

Part of the New Hope group I have read a few links and on the face of it they are putting a lot into the communities …But if all is hunky-dory and above board, as all the gloss wants us to think…27 illegal bores that smacks of defiance for the guidelines imposed and why for such a profitable company is the fine so small??? So much doesn’t add up and it looks like communities are being given money and what role does the Queensland government play in this because the rosy pictures being painted do not reflect the illegal boring …Something ain’t right…

Another mining company is also facing suspicion of cyberstalking scientists and stopping expert evidence being subjected to proper public scrutiny…

It seems heavy-handed tactics are being employed and are not being stopped. Very worrying…

That’s all for today’s lots of great projects which fill me with hope for the future…Thank you for reading and if you have any great schemes in your neighbourhood please share and I will link back to you. 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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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

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

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Plastic, Waste and recycling…Latest News…Seaweed and banana skins…

 

Monday...The start of a new week and I have a lot planned…It is nice and sunny today so I was out bright and early to the market which was bustling as usual…I stocked up on my fruit and then it was home and back to work…

An update on last weeks post on Wet wipes …From the lovely Norah who sent me two links ..To say I am at loss for printable words is an understatement if you read the posts it just highlights how big companies get away with what they do when the law backs them…I understand totally Norah’s frustration…I also understand that in the bigger picture it isn’t just the wet wipes we flush, It is the cotton buds, the makeup which contains microplastics, it is the cooking oil and so much more but they also all contribute to the fatbergs and to the killing of sea life …My take on this they all need to be called to task and we need to be more mindful…It is not going to take just one persons effort it is going to take an all-out effort from us all…

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-28/consumer-watchdog-loses-flushable-wipes-case/11261688

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-01/do-not-put-flushable-wipes-down-the-loo-analysis/11268350

Understandably the Water Companies are disappointed with the ruling as they have to deal with the result of wet wipes being flushed not the manufacturers…

The Water companies Slogan...The industry slogan is that only the “three Ps” — pee, poo, and (toilet) paper — should be flushed down the toilet.

What can we do? Stop buying them …Make your own..details in last weeks post…

Do you think that children should be taught how to grow food as part of their schooling?…  I do as in this day of apartment blocks and flats or even living in a shared house many places don’t have a garden or even a balcony or small yard to grow anything and I do think that to ensure kids get an all-round education that they should be taught to grow food… In this ever-changing and in some places violent world our kids may need to be ready and prepared.

Boy with watering can

It certainly cannot do any harm to be included in a school curriculum. Ask your school what their plans are..See if you can help…

Image by Phichit Wongsunthi from Pixabay

Nothing is thought to grow on desolate dry, barren land…Sundrop farms have changed all that…Using seawater and solar energy they are now successfully providing Coles with tomatoes…It has been a few years in the making but finally, they are providing tomatoes to Coles and have other farms at the planning stage…

When I am doing my research I am always amazed at the talent and ingenuity of people especially young people they have this thirst and energy to find solutions to the countries plastic problems…They are thinking outside of the box and some of there ideas are awesome like this young man from Indonesia who knowing his country have one of the worlds biggest plastic problems…He did something about his idea…

Global Warming …The warnings continue…

Deforestation is a major cause of Climate change and far more needs to be done and quicker we need to plant more trees…We need to be looking at ways we can support planting more trees…Like the search provider, I use Ecosia…Who plant a tree for every search I do…

Intensive Farming…Cattle release methane gas, however, fertilizers produce nitrous oxide emissions…We need to be looking at natural ways to fertilise or get rid of pests in our gardens..U-tube is a good place to start…This fertiliser uses banana peels…

Many inventions and ideas are the results of many years work, disappointments and may never come to fruition while others after all that work are good to go but also many ideas come about by accident or by a sudden brain wave…Take matches…John Walker a pharmacist by trade was experimenting and trying to find a combustible paste for guns by mixing chemicals together..One day he scraped his mixing stick on his hearth which erupted into a flame and the first match was born…The year was 1896.

There are many other examples like the first x-ray and penicillin both came about by accident rather than design… So what I am saying is brainstorm with some friends or family, your kids or grandkids…Experiment see what you come up with that is how great and profitable ideas are born…

That’s all for today…We need to think about recycling, reusing and the plastic we use as well as the food we waste…It is too important not to…Buy local think about your carbon footprint and importantly your foods carbon footprint we all have a role to play…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

Waste and Recycling…The Wet Wipe…84% Plastic…Fact!

Good morning…Who uses wet wipes? Did you know that wet wipes contain plastic and that figure is as high as 84 %?

You might as well be wiping your bottom or face with a plastic bag…Fact!

wet wipe being stretched

Photo credit: yourbestdigs on VisualHunt / CC BY

The reason the wet wipe stretches like that aimed at showing how strong it is …It contains Plastic…Did you know that? Did you also know that apart from stating on the packaging whether or not the wipes are flushable it does not state they contain plastic…I have also seen tests where wipes have been analysed and tested and many which state “flushable” are not…

The Uk government state it is part of their 25-year plan ..Pleeese…Can you image at the growth rate of plastic pollution caused by wet wipes in 25 years?

A UK environmental organization revealed over 5,000 wet wipes in a space as big as half of a tennis court near the River Thames. Tens of thousands of the wipes are sold every year in Britain. That is just in one small area of London…Times that by the whole of the world…I wouldn’t even want to know what that projection would be in 25 years time…Would you? This video is light-hearted…However, the message is not!

You can buy wet wipes for everything from babies bottoms, to clean your kitchen or bathroom, your car, your laptop the list is endless both in the UK and the USA it is a multi-billion pound industry …

My take on this is that manufacturers should be bearing 100% of the cost of any cleanups due to the wet wipes causing fatbergs or whatever else damage is being done to the environment…That would focus their minds quicker than anything to come up with a cost-effective completely flushable or compostable without special equipment wet wipe…Will that happen?… Highly doubtful…

If you can’t live without wet wipes then it really is easy to make your own…

The three main worries about wet wipes.

  1. Fatbergs…As we now know, the smelly grey boulders of congealed gunk clogging up the world’s sewers are in fact stuffed full of wet wipes.

    It’s a gross and smelly reminder that those seemingly innocuous moistened sheets don’t disappear or dissolve when we drop them down the toilet. Even if they’re labelled as flushable.

  2. The Plastic Riverbed…River-cleaning teams have found that the hundreds of thousands of wet wipes flushed down toilets in London have actually formed a new riverbed in the Thames. It is also much the same tale in other rivers around the world too.

    And that’s before they even reach the sea and cause untold havoc there.

  3. The ban that isn’t a ban…In 2018 the UK government reacted to the wet wipe problem.

    Wipes weren’t mentioned specifically in its 25-year environment plan, but a spokesperson for Defra (the environment department) came out and confirmed that its pledge to “eliminate all avoidable plastic waste” includes “single-use products like wet wipes.”

    But soon afterwards, the government stated: “We have not announced plans to ban wet wipes”. I call this backpeddling at a rate of knots…

    Instead, it said, “Our focus for wet wipes is to work with manufacturers and water companies to develop a product that does not contain plastic and can be safely flushed. We are also continuing to work with industry to make sure labelling on the packaging of these products is clear and people know how to dispose of them properly.”

I have read a lot of reports and watched podcasts on climate change and the one message that comes out of this for me is that none of these very clever scientists can agree on a timescale…I have heard anything from 5 years to 25 years… Governments make wishy-washy promises prompted by public outrage and then when they think …we have forgotten and don’t read or listen to anything important they furiously back peddle or just spout lies in the first place ..You choose what you believe…

I just get increasingly frustrated and angry..which probably raises my blood pressure and my son tells me very nicely that my thoughts and actions are admirable but do I really think it is going to make a difference in the big scheme of things. 

I have to hope it will…

What can we recycle…It is a bit of a minefield…

But how about instead of recycling when we don’t know how it is being disposed of or where it ends up…Maybe we can make something useful… Something for the kids or grandkids to get involved in…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

Waste and recycling…Golf Balls…Plastic and Rubber…

The sea…A vast beautiful place…How much sea covers the earth???

Some scientists say we should call our planet ‘Water’ instead of ‘Earth’, since water covers about 71% of the planet’s surface. The area of the ocean surface is 1.40 x (10 to the power of 8) miles². (3.62 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). The area of the land surface is 5.75 x (10 to the power of 7) miles² (1.49 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). There is over 2.4 times as much water area than land area.

How big is a golf ball?

The standard golf ball used in the United States is a minimum of 1.68 in (4.26 cm) in diameter; the British ball is slightly smaller.

A golf ball is made of plastic and rubber…FACT.

golf course surrounded by water

Doesn’t that look beautiful? Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days there following their passion for the game of golf? I mean the sheer size and volume of water against the size of a golf ball…What difference is that tiny ball going to make in the scheme of things?? What golfer gives a thought about the bigger picture it’s just another ball in the water…Plenty more where that one came from…

But it doesn’t stop there does it???

I don’t play golf…I know my kids in the past have been paid for collecting golf balls from the lake at a local golf club…It was the lovely Adele Marie Park who alerted me to this…Thank you so much, Adele, it really is a problem…x

I don’t know what it is about the sea …It’s sheer vastness but it seems that many people think that their bit of rubbish in the great scheme of things doesn’t matter…WELL, IT DOES!

COME ON PEEPS…Start thinking…TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE…

Do you have your reusable coffee cup…Do you use it and take it out with you?

All last week I have been using Ecosia... It is a search engine with a difference…Many search engines now promise not to store or sell details of your searches and yes this is one of the promises that Ecosia make but they also promise to be transparent as to where their money comes from and plant a tree for every search you make…How good is that and if you click on their site you will get a running total of how many trees and where have been planted to date… It is now my default search engine and I am very happy with it so far and to be able to know that my internet searches are doing some good …Every little helps!

ecosia logo

However, if you are like me and always have a question then this report should answer them all…

This is an interesting one...Fizzy Drinks could soon be carbonated using gas emissions from factories… Soon means 20 years by my calculations…I know that there are logistics and lots of other factors to be considered but 20 years…Are there not other schemes which can be adopted and working in less time than this as if we listen to all the news as a planet we don’t have 20 years…Just saying…

Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial centre by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse their polluting gases or by moving to lower carbon fuels such as hydrogen, it said on Thursday.

The government said it will commit up to £170 million ($215 million) to the project, which could include capturing emissions from factories and reusing them in industries such as brewing to put the fizz in drinks. That’s a lot of money…I can think of many things which would cost far less and have a shorter timescale and work…

This one shows initiative ...How to make biodegradable plastic from Cactus plants…

 

I hate waste especially food waste and I am loving that I am hearing and reading so much about how schools around the world are tackling this…Teachers are on the ground and they see the kids who come to school dirty and hungry and some have washing machines and wash the kid’s clothes others such as this do not just feed the kids while they are at school but think about what happens out of school evening, weekends and school holidays…

A school district in Indiana is working to provide take-home meals for students in need to ensure they have enough food to eat over the weekends.

Elkhart Community Schools teamed up with a non-profit group called Cultivate to create a pilot program that will provide weekend meals for a small group of children at Woodland Elementary, WSBT reported.

The district’s goal is to expand the program to feed more students in neighbouring schools.

What a brilliant initiative…As is this one…School kids can pay school fees with plastic isn’t that brilliant and then they are turning them into eco bricks…

So many good initiatives by people, not governments…People and I think if we all pull together and do our bit however small we will show the governments what the people can do…xxx

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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