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Recycling and environmental news 28th Oct 2019…Chocolate and Bees…

Once again a very warm welcome to this week’s recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…I would also like to extend my thanks to all of you who support and comment on these posts. I know how passionate many of you are about not only the environment but recycling, our food chain, and manufacture…

Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…While there are farmers, young children being exploited, starved, not getting an education, being beaten, deprived of sleep and for what?….

Sorry…It’s for our expensive chocolate and for greedy manufacturers monetary gains…

Some links if you want to read more…..  what angers me more is now the statements about 2025  What!  after 20 years and executives saying they would not confirm child-free labour and such low percentages of confirmed child-free labour …24% what is that about?

For all their prettily produced videos and pictures of happy smiling faces…It is the biggest load of bull shite I have read…No more chocolate from any source for me…Until I get absolute proof…And don’t get me started on the deforestation…

My plane travel is being cited by some…as a threat to Climate change and the poor cows and their methane gas, 5G…All designed to take our focus away from the real problems…Yes, folks …we are being duped…Once again!

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/chocolate-companies-sell-certified-cocoa-but-some-of-those-farms-use-child-labor-harm-forests/ar-AAJh0lR?li=BBx1bGE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/hershey-nestle-mars-chocolate-child-labor-west-africa/

https://www.mars.com/sustainability-plan/cocoa-for-generations

I love honey…I love fresh honey…But without bees that will decline…Bees are our largest pollinator and there are not just honey bees but thousands of bees who do this work, there are over 20,000 species of bees…One of mother natures gifts to us…

Pesticides, industrial farming, deforestation are decimating the bee population...If this does not stop and the bees disappear what do you think will happen?

Because we need to think…But will we?

I believe some of us will and many won’t…What will it take?

I read a blog post the other day...Sad and very well written…Lots and lots of comments …All agreeing and pledging to be more aware of highly processed foods and the chemicals our pets eat…Great news…

For me…I sympathised…didn’t say what I really thought…Why? I would have lynched verbally…

I  have noticed the same reactions/ trend on social media that when it is poor, defenceless animals ( I Love my dog) who can’t speak to us our sympathies come out by the lorry load…

My thoughts…Children can be very verbal…bless them…However, we are responsible for the food we buy and feed them…We are responsible for ensuring their safety and education…The incidences of childhood cancers and obesity are up…

Help me out here...the levels of concern and action differ somewhat…My question is why?

If you are still with me I am sorry that there is not much good news this week but both important issues to me and I hope to you?

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you helping the environment in your house and garden?

 

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

 

Latest recycling and environmental news…30th September 2019…

Good morning…I hope you all had a glorious weekend…Mine has been a mixture…New ceilings without looking for the source of the leaks…Another story…any laughter is hysterical…haha…The vegetarian Festiva has started so lots of yummy vegetarian food the decorations are beautiful lots of red and gold…

red lanterns Chinese New Year

But…Let’s look at what has been going on in this everchanging world of Climate Change??? There is always news every day now but I do wonder how much is really true and how much is scaremongering…Am I the only one?

It seems not…I have listened to a two-hour conference where scientists have made their feelings known…After all, we should be listening to the science and not the untrained…

I also watched another video about young Greta and have seen many comments…It does seem after her last speech and her obvious distress that many are concerned for her health and well-being both physical and mental…There are also many questions about who are the ones behind her and the funding etc…That did make interesting listening…I haven’t added that to this post as I thought too much controversy in one post might be too much…It is on my FB page if anyone feels like reading it…

I do admire her tenacity and passion but am worried as I said about her health.

Something else came up regarding the lack of wildlife and honey bees due to the increased temperature and water shortages in the South of France…After I shared a post from The Earthwatch Institute which concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the planet, however, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk.

Bees are all important to the planet and my suggestion to this drought situation was maybe to look at plants which grow in drought conditions which bees are known to like…

honey bee

https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/drought-plants.html

Healthy Soil…If not healthy soil then it impacts every aspect of our lives…It doesn’t matter which way we look whether it is, plastic, waste, climate change they all interlink and either affect the life of our planet or our health…

Some good news on recycling...An enterprising Berkshire lady Jana Little recycles all her neighbours rubbish which the council can’t collect and sends it to Terracycle …The money she makes is converted to vouchers which are sent to her favourite dog charity…To date that is 1,600 pounds…The price of rubbish…

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-berkshire-49758310/recycling-rubbish-enables-jana-little-to-help-dog-charity

Look at the Uk’s first plastic-free supermarket this supermarket should be completely plastic-free by 2020…

Waste plastic News.

Because of the ban which India and other Asian countries are enforcing countries like the USA, UK and Europe can no longer send their waste to these countries for disposal…

The announcement sent shockwaves through the recycling industry because India was a major destination for U.S. material. The country was the second-largest importer of U.S. scrap plastic during the first six months of 2019, bringing in 156 million pounds.

It means companies are going to have to improve their own waste recycling facilities …It does though that on front improvements are being made.

Global plastics recycling company MBA Polymers will open a facility in Germany to recover e-plastics from electronics and appliances.

MBA Polymers acquired a site in the German city of Mauna, which is near Dresden, and it plans to start processing scrap devices in 2020. It will handle over 38 million pounds per year of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), producing recycled ABS, HIPS, PP and PC/ABS plastics.

Also, in the  U.K. plastics recycling has boosted its ability to produce recycled PP and ABS from WEEE and shredded automobiles.

Good News for fish loversSafe mercury levels in Kotzebue Sound fish.

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More good news is that households in the Uk are using less and less electricity year on year according to a new BBC report…

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https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-49728391/the-surprising-truth-about-uk-energy-use

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

Waste Not! Want Not!… Week 14…Waste to Bioplastics…

Good morning from sunny Thailand the Banana Bread is in the oven…so many bananas… After my rant and rave last week about sludge dumping on The Great Barrier Reef after a call to arms for all you voters in Australia.

The heartening news is that if you are Australian and have a vote then you can become a Climate Voter…So if you care about your beautiful natural wonders and want to stop pollution sign up…I just wish I was an honorary Aussie and could vote as I would… These politicians who endorse and allow these acts to go ahead need telling and voting OUT!

Be a climate Voter!

https://www.acf.org.au/

 

Now for the good news stories…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.

green foot prints eco system

 

Take heart all these great local initiatives will gradually spread and we will make a difference…

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This community in Amsterdam, Holland is doing just that…

 

What a great idea and easily adoptable anywhere…

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My kids always wore Lacoste polo shirts...In an effort to raise awareness for endangered species, sports fashion brand Lacoste has replaced its iconic crocodile logo with 10 different animals, which represent species that are sadly facing extinction. Featured on the brand’s classic white polo, the limited edition collection—titled Save Our Species—marks a three-year partnership between Lacoste and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Well Done Lacoste!

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I think by now most of us realise that the reduction and killing of bees will serve as a death knell for the ecosystem…What can we do? We can plant our gardens with plants and flowers which attract bees. To attract honey bees, start by planting single-petal flowers with yellow, white, blue, and purple blooms in your yard. You can also plant bee-friendly herbs like rosemary, lavender, sage, and thyme. Next, stop using pesticides on your lawn and let the foliage grow a little wild to provide shelter for the bees.

I know many people see dandelions as a weed but they have many uses medically and as food…Allow them to grow but restrict their growing area so they don’t take over…Bees love the dandelion…Dandelion is also one of the 13 essential plants for human survival…Did you know that? there is also  A dandelion May Festival in Amish Country…

Not such a humble weed after all…To read about the Dandelion its uses and health benefits click the link below…

https://draxe.com/dandelion-tea/

Still on the subject of bees…Did you know?

Beehives are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid pace, and this isn’t just affecting our honey supply. Without bees, a whole lot of the food we eat wouldn’t exist anymore; produce such as almonds and cherries, for instance, are dependent on bee pollination to grow. Bee disappearances are partially due to pesticides and mites, but climate change is also a big factor… Read More…

http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2017/04/man-creates-homemade-beehive-save-the-bees-going-absolutely-viral.html?fbclid=IwAR3EX_DtZ-bx8nFuS6dQRCI6Y_AdHR_PCVDBm-pesk_dfq78x_F6nF8J4q8

honey bee

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Mexico is famous for tequila, avocado and corn…All which are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastic market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.

How innovative is that? Turning plant waste into bioplastic?

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-environment-plastic/turning-waste-into-bioplastics-mexico-strikes-green-gold-idUSKCN1LS23B

I don’t know about you but when I see and hear initiatives like these around the world I am amazed at just how talented some people are and how they really care about minimising waste…

But please do not think that what you do in your own home doesn’t count because it does …It really does every little bit no matter how small adds to the bigger picture and that picture is growing and there will soon be enough to fill many galleries BUT we cannot rest on our laurels there is still much to be done and if you think of an initiative join  a group make it a group effort if it requires that…

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Now let’s go 8,409 km from  Mexico to the UK… Where inspired by the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, 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.

Waste bin and bags

Image by kalhh on Pixabay

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/spotlight/from-waste-to-resource-is-this-the-future-for-plastic/ar-BBTER3r?li=BBoPWjQ

Thank you so much for reading this post …Please share your ideas on how we can save our carbon footprints and the environment and if you live in Oz please try to stop this happening…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

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