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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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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…

green foot prints eco system

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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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

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Recipes, Your Brain, Climate Change and Healthy Eating…

Welcome to this weeks roundup of my posts, as usual, I have a collection of posts a bit like pick and mix something for everyone a potpourri of food and ideas…And of course opinions…haha

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

If your week has been busy and you haven’t had the time to read grab a drink and settle down in your favourite chair and a snack if you so like…But just relax and peruse this week’s posts if you have a comment then please share. I love your comments as do my followers and if it is different from my opinion that is fine it is good to have a healthy discussion…Enjoy!

First up is Sall’s post from Smorgasbord magazine…This post is a rerun of her previous top to toe health posts…Sally is a well-trained nutritionist and she knows her stuff…If you know me then you know that I advocate the fact that we only have one body and we need to take care of it but we also need the one brain we have to be fully functioning and this is where Sally comes in her posts are factual, easy to understand (which) I love I am not technical just tell me how it is…simples…Sally does just that..No frills and fancy words just facts…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/smorgasbord-health-column-top-to-toe-the-brain-how-the-brain-develops-from-conception-through-life-by-sally-cronin/

It is now over to me and my question this week was are we doing enough? Many of us are but when I see things like I saw this morning it made me wonder…What does anyone have to say or do to make some people just wake up…So the answer to my question is No! Not all of us…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/03/plastic-part-11-are-we-really-doing-enough/

Follow that!

I did and claimed full bragging rights…Still a way to go but I have reached my first milestone…It has taken a while but I have arrived and I need a new wardrobe so am busy recycling and taking in seams so much better than letting the seams out or just putting it to the back of the wardrobe …

lady feet weighing scales

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/04/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-more-diets-i-did-it/

Then it was time for Sally who will go through your archives as well if you like …This is the last of my archived posts shared by Sally and it was a rant…I feel so much better afterwards it certainly relieves the stress…

Whitsunday islands

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-waste-not-want-not-australia-plans-to-dump-one-million-tons-of-sludge-on-the-great-barrier-reef-by-carol-taylor/

This last week has also seen the marking of D-Day and when I see the magnificence of the pomp and ceremony I feel nostalgic…It was a time to put thoughts and differences aside and recognise our friends and allies the Americans and their President as they have been our staunchest defenders in our time of need…

The post I chose to reblog was written by a lady whom I first met at my very first writer’s retreat where we shared our written words and our hopes… we met again the following year…Terry Anne has travelled much during her life and was there when the tragic events of Tiananmen Square played out…Terry Anne and her now husband were lucky to escape the tragedy it must have been horrendous…Her post is written with great feeling that only someone who has witnessed the horrors could do.

https://notesonaboardingpass.com/2019/06/05/escape-from-tiananmen-square-a-remembrance/

Waste Not! Want Not!

Where I normally tell you about innovative ideas from around the world and there are many great ideas…I did express my disquiet about using eucalyptus for bedding as I was worried that maybe the Koala would be affected as they only eat eucalyptus leaves…

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Are they just not so very cute…However, Suzanne from Being in Nature very kindly put my mind at rest she said…

Regarding koalas and eucalypts – they only eat the leaves of one type – the manna gum. In some parts of the country, they are in trouble and in other parts they are doing just fine. It’s very odd and the reasons for this are complex. My daughter met a woman who is worried about the nutritional value of the eucalyptus leaves in the trees growing on a local mountain. She says the trees aren’t as nutrient-rich as they once were and the koalas are suffering because of that. I hadn’t heard of this before. It sounds weird but maybe it’s true.

The eucalyptus trees used for making bedding are probably a different type -there are hundreds, possibly thousands of different kinds of eucalypts over here in Oz. No danger of them going extinct though maybe they aren’t as healthy as trees in the past. The eco-system is such a delicately balanced place. It seems like it’s out of wack in all kinds of subtle ways we are only just learning about.

Thank you, Suzanne, very informative and why I love to read such comments as between us we can get the bigger picture and learn more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/06/waste-not-want-not-the-solutions/

Friday...and then we have the weekend …Has anyone got anything planned? It is only one week to go and my son will be back from England the kids are so excited and counting the days as am I…I can have a break from cooking dinners and just experiment…This week it was Shepherd’s pie and the differences between that and Cottage Pie, Orange Pork with Watercress Rice and one of my favourites yellowtail fish…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/07/this-week-in-my-kitchen-tried-and-tested-recipes/

Lastly,…it was a reblog of one of my posts on traditions I have discovered on my travels around Northern Thailand and where I get my beautiful salt from…

salt farming (13)

https://carolcooks2.com/2017/06/01/salt-farming-in-northern-thailand/

Thank you so much for reading my posts I do hope you have enjoyed them if you have please share on your favourite social media and thank you to those who have reblogged my waste/plastic posts it is important that we get the word out there…Isn’t it? xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

 

Plastic…Part 8…It can’t all be recycled…Or can it?

Obviously, all the plastic which is collected cannot be recycled…

Let’s have a look at what is being done with the plastic which can’t be recycled through the normal channels…A good example is PET(E)

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French company Carbios has signed a letter of intent to install a demonstration plant for its enzymatic PET depolymerization technology. The French company signed the letter with vinyl producer KEM ONE. Construction is expected to start in mid-2019. Carbios’ “bio-recycling” technology can break down challenging polyester streams, including opaque containers and textiles, into their components, which can be used to make new plastic. Thus completing a circular economy…

PET(E) as we know is one of the most commonly used plastics for consumer products which include:- Water bottles, soda bottles and some food packaging.

It is intended for single use only….One time usage…as reusing increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. It may leach carcinogens and should NOT be reused.

Just the fact that it could leach carcinogens is enough to stop me using it…However, recycling PET(E) is also a problem a packaging producer has created a glass-lined PET bottle it claims is easier to recycle than composite materials, according to Beverage Daily. KHS has developed what it calls its FreshSafePET bottle, which uses an ultra-thin layer of glass on the inside of the PET bottle to provide a barrier layer to protect the drink. According to the article, the glass washes off in the PET recycling process.

I think this is a brilliant idea …

I have heard of Crowdfunding and come across companies who use it mainly it has been small companies with a prototype and it seems to work really well…

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and alternative finance.

Because of the recent closures of Asian export markets for waste plastic…Countries are having to come up with their own ideas to recycle or create a circular economy to dispose of their own waste plastic…I personally think it is a great idea and that countries, manufacturers and individuals should all be responsible for their own waste plastic…

Pyrolysis development: Which is a UK startup is seeking to raise another 1.3 million British pounds (more than $1.6 million U.S.) via crowdfunding to advance commercialization of its pyrolysis technology, according to Waste Management World. Recycling Technologies is developing the business for RT7000 machines, which convert scrap plastics into an oil called Plaxx that is used to make new plastic.

Sounds good to me…

“Our children will have to pay a much bigger price unless we change our behaviour now.”
Sir David Attenborough…

What can we do or where do we start? I know many of you already are by using bamboo or glass straws in your home, by taking your own cup for when you buy a drink on the go…Most places if you offer cup will fill it up…Their drinks are measured so it makes no odds to them…

To make it easier… Plastic Oceans UK has launched a new education site for primary and secondary schools.

For individuals who want to know more about the problem? Plastic Oceans UK recommends watching this video…To get inspired as an individual or to start a community project …

 

Help to change the world’s attitude to plastic…

It is certainly good to see how many businesses and individuals are now looking at their plastic footprint and how they can reduce it…

Many companies are looking at a circular economy for those of you who are not sure, have maybe heard of it but don’t really know what it is…Quite simply… A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. This means that materials constantly flow around a ‘closed loop’ system, rather than being used once and then discarded. As a result, the value of materials, including plastics, is not lost by being thrown away.

Unilever is a huge company with many, many outlets and subsidiaries I wouldn’t even like to hazard a guess as to the overall size of it however they seem to be serious…About the issue of plastic…They are rethinking plastic packaging and their progress so far is quite impressive and their timescales given the enormity of the project are realistic.

But ladies and gentlemen who do their own weekly shop ...How can we shop without plastic…I didn’t say it was simple it requires some thought …But it is doable and will soon become a habit…

  1. We need a few reusable plastic-free shopping bags.
  2. Some reusable produce bags in different sizes…plastic free or if you’re handy you could make your own.
  3. Reusable food containers.

Are you ready to shop?

Firstly choose products which have no packaging or packaging which is easily recyclable. Fruit and veg are generally quite easy as it seems to be where the stores make their starting point…I know mine has they use banana leaves and these delightful containers made out of bamboo which they then tip the tomatoes into a paper bag at the till and reuse…

I think the deli, meat and fish are the hardest…We have our reusable containers and the stores really don’t mind us using them it is just us getting used to it …

Tins and glass jars just buy as you will that can be recycled or in the case of glass jars, I soak the labels off and use for my jams and pickling.

Dry goods like pasta come ready sealed although many stores are now selling many dry goods without packaging you just take your container along and buy the quantity you want or with pasta you can make your own if you don’t already do so and it really is so much nicer…

The bakery is quite simply a nice cloth bag will protect your loaf and containers are ideal if you are buying cakes…

The most difficult of all are those cleaning products…Soap is ok as it normally comes packaged quite prettily …We could look at making our own and there are many recipes for cleaners etc I will dig some out for you…My all purpose cleaner is great it comes in little brown paper packets and I just mix it with tap water it cleans everything even the oven..seriously I am the sceptic and have used many products which do not live up to the hype this does and did…Morris Clean is the name…and it can be purchased online but it is a brilliant cleaner…

By trying to avoid so much plastic packaging when we shop we will send a direct message to the supermarkets and also to the food manufacturers that we no longer want to buy our food in this way. There are also many zero packaging stores springing up around the world so check and see if you have one near you. As a consumer, we have to show by our actions what we expect as a customer and stores will soon realise if they want our custom, then they need to provide the consumer with a more environmentally friendly shopping experience to keep up with demand.

Photo credit: konarheim on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

That’s all for today I hope you have found this useful and good luck with your shopping 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 I bid you welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

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

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

Plastic…Part 7…How does plastic get into the Sea?

It is the subject of many news desks, question time, documentary’s, in fact, it is on the news it comes up on your FB news feed, magazines, newspapers..everyone is talking about plastic…

 

Plastic is a major problem worldwide…International environmental movements are working overtime on publicising the fact or coming up with answers…States and local councils are trying to play their part by banning single-use plastic bags, straws and drink containers.

Fact: Between 4.7 and 12.9 million metric tons of plastic is floating around in the oceans…

Fact: The equivalent of one garbage truck per minute being emptied in the ocean.

A study conducted by the Santa  Barbara Marine Conservancy found that of all ocean waste only 1 % of surface waste  i.e garbage patches which we have seen photos of floating on the seas or what is washed up on the shorelines  contained drink cups, straws, cigarettes one of the biggest contributors of sea waste is fishing equipment and nets although there have been no conclusive long term studies…

The oceans and seas are so vast that unless there are studies which encompass all the seas and rivers which would be a mammoth of a task and would be nigh on impossible.

This nature, com article explains more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

map great pacific garbage patch

Photo credit: The Sun and Doves on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

A 2017 study found that 79,000 metric tons of plastic are floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Although G7 countries signed the Oceans Plastics Charter many organisations do not think it goes far enough…

There is no mention of plastic reduction policies and Japan and America did not sign the charter. In the case of fishing gear, there are no worldwide rules.

It seems to me that no one country wants to be the one which goes far enough and makes a difference…more effort has been made by environmental and non-profit organisations.

One such organisation Net-Works was co-founded by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Interface Inc.

 

What can replace plastics?

The answer can be a difficult one as plastic is very versatile and I have heard McDonald’s are getting flack because they are replacing or have replaced plastic straws with paper straws.

Last June, the US fast-food chain announced it would end the use of plastic straws in all 1,361 branches across the UK after nearly half a million people called for the company to make the change. The company began phasing out plastic straws last September, with the process to be completed sometime this year.

However, the move has angered customers, with several now taking to Twitter to complain the paper straws are ruining their drinks, specifically milkshakes.

One customer tweeted: “With the paper straws they are fine for a coke but the other day I had a milkshake and I struggled so so much that I ended up getting one of my own plastic straws at home.”

They obviously were not one of the half a million people who called for the company to make a change…when they are still using plastic straws in their own home…Just saying!

Maybe McDonald’s should offer a choice and reduce the price of a meal by 20p if paper straws are used and increase the cost by 20p if a plastic straw is used.

Bioplastics...Are one popular area of research as cellulose is the starting compound instead of petroleum. PLA is a corn-based plastic substitute which means it is bio-degradable.

The drawback is the production which is not very environmentally friendly…As they are plant-based then a lot of land is required if pesticides and fertilisers are used that contributes to greenhouse gases…Special composting facilities are also required to break down the bioplastic…

Assorted cotton bags

Photo credit: Martha W McQuade on VisualHunt / CC BY

A study by the UK Environmental Agency found cotton tote bags must be used over 300 times to be as sustainable as a plastic bag, given the increase n costs to make them.

Recycling…How can we improve recycling?

Recycling facilities melt plastic down, turn it into pellets that are sold and repurposed…That sounds simple, doesn’t it?

But what about the plastic which is not biodegradable? It ends up in landfill or the ocean for centuries…

Research carried out by the University of California at Santa Barbara discovered only 9% of all plastic produced has been recycled…Many reasons account for this as many people don’t recycle properly and just stick in the closest bin, it may be too dirty I always wash my containers before they are put in the bin and because of the little symbols which I mentioned in a previous post all plastic cannot go into the same bin it needs to be sorted…

It actually takes a lot of time, energy and fuel to recycle plastic and cost-benefit analysis has found that recycling plastic might not be worth the resources it takes…Many environmental groups largely agree that recycling should be a last resort until more effective and efficient waste management is enforced…

So what is the answer?

How to encourage people to take greater responsibility for the action around environmental crises.

Nick Nash is a fellow in the social and environmental psychology department at the University of Cardiff. He specifically focuses on how pro-environmental behaviour can be encouraged, especially when the environment may not be people’s biggest concern.

In other words, making environmentalism a social norm is one of the best ways to get people to be more aware of their behaviour. Using the plastic straw ban as an example, he explained, “if everybody else in the restaurant is using them, and the context condones their use (e.g. straws on tables or put into drinks when served), then this increases the likelihood that an individual will act in accordance.”

He explained ways to increase the odds of a practice becoming a social norm; for example, getting people to make explicit commitments, getting celebrities or well-liked people to publicize their own actions, and raising awareness about easy-to-follow behaviours.

I also think behaviours are learnt and more must be done from the beginning in nurseries and schools…

There are definitely many incentives and much going on but we clearly have a long, long way to go or more and more plastic will end up in the oceans of the world.

What do you think?

About Carol Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

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

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

 

 

 

 

 

WasteNot! Want Not! Week 15

I am really heartened by the initiatives which I am discovering that are happening from all around the world…Your comments are also a revelation when I hear from you guys what is going on in your neck of the woods all good stuff…How you are reducing the carbon footprints and coming up with ideas to cut waste and protect the environment.

BUT…Hand on heart…

A heart map held by a hand

Are we truly doing enough?

This young lady doesn’t think so…Greta Thunberg is 15 years old with a wise head on her young shoulders and tomorrow 15th March 2019 around the world young people will skip school to have their say…If one of those young people is your child then I urge you to support them…

A young girl called Greta who shows quiet determination for what she believes in…

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Last week I touched on how an initiative in Mexico 8,409 km from the UK…  a region of the UK has created the country’s first local circular economy.

The traditional system of getting rid of waste is linear: packaging is made, used and disposed of but the local authority in Cambridgeshire along with a local plastics processor and packaging company have joined together to create a model which is circular.

Thank you, Tori, for spotting this update…

The initiative is being led by Huntingdonshire District Council working with Charpak Ltd, a Huntingdon-based plastic packaging manufacturer, and has seen discarded plastics collected, cleaned, reprocessed and reused, all within the local area.

The council says the new approach, which has been 18 months in the making, has helped to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill.

A spokesman for the district council said: “Our residents are already great recyclers diverting more than 55 per cent of waste from landfill. We need more plastics recycled and less going to landfill, so the next step is to improve the quality of materials that are collected for recycling.

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/huntingdonshire-s-circular-economy-for-plastic-recycling-a-success-1-5923327

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This mismanagement of environment issues continues in Australia and another damming report on Water Wars in the Murray-Darling Basin has been issued …It seems young Greta who I mentioned in this post above is worth listening to…Because those in power are not listening once again I urge all you Australians to become a climate voter

What does this mean for the fish in this river basin?

December and January saw three devastating mass fish kills in the Darling River. Now it seems a fourth is on the cards.

A new paper released today by the Australian National University found that water savings in the Murray-Darling Basin may only be one-tenth of the expected amount.

Simply put, greedy corporations and government mismanagement meant too much water was taken from the Murray-Darling Basin and not enough water was put back to allow the river to cope in a drying climate. And now we’re seeing the devastating consequences.

Even in the drought season rivers like this are not supposed to dry out…

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/news-events/all-stories/water-wars-murray-darling-basin

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Monsanto… At long last seem to be fighting a losing battle…slowly but surely people power is winning…There was Costco…

And now?

ONCE AGAIN Monsanto is losing millions of dollars now that farmers in India are switching to indigenous cotton seeds rather than Bt cotton.

The agrichemicals company is known for pushing a form of Bt cotton in India for the last decade. They have been accused of manipulating laws in order to enter the Indian market.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/03/09/monsanto-loses-millions-dollars-indian-farmers-switch-indigenous-seed/?fbclid=IwAR3-i9fRJj1scifNSsrObv8XxZVa390dYmj9cBFGQ97LN0mVgx6gYIhZy1M

Some FURTHER good news is that these edible parks are springing up all over and I think it is a great initiative FOR URBAN DWELLERS…

 

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Good News…The Middle East has opened the First Zero Waste Shop….Reducing your environmental impact in the Middle East just got a whole lot easier. A zero-waste lifestyle shop called EcoSouk just opened in the Hamra neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon.

How good is that? 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/lebanon-organization-pioneers-eco-movement-with-the-middle-easts-first-zero-waste-shop/

Thank you so much for reading this post …Your ideas on how we can save our carbon footprints and the environment we would love to hear any new initiatives or updates please share…I love to hear from you in comments 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