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The Environmental A-Z…the letter H…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…still an A-Z but with a difference …

The idea for this series came about because as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter H.

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

Hazardous Waste:

Hazardous waste is waste that has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Characteristic hazardous wastes are materials that are known or tested to exhibit one or more of the following hazardous traits: Ignitability. Reactivity. Corrosivity, Toxicity.

They are all around us and some come from everyday activities…there are those that may contain toxic substances generated from industrial, hospital, some types of household wastes. These wastes could be corrosive, inflammable, explosive, or react when exposed to other materials.

Let’s not be complacent about this...it matters how we dispose of them and to not comply is both dangerous and stupid.

Let’s start with our homes…Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any unwanted household product labelled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive.

The most common products include aerosols, anti-freeze, asbestos, fertilizers, motor oil, paint supplies, photo chemicals, poisons, and solvents.

How many of these do YOU just throw away with your normal waste? If it then goes to landfill it is then leaking into the soil and water…or do you pour them down the drain, burn them, pour them in a ditch, dump them on a vacant lot, or bury them in a field.

These practices are dangerous.

Waste from hazardous products can contaminate lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater (the places below the ground where water accumulates before it goes to a river, stream, or well). Often only a small amount of hazardous materials can cause serious problems. It only takes one gallon of oil to ruin one million gallons of water.

I know manufacturers have been fined for dumping hazardous waste and many still do it...I am not concentrating on them today as we need to look to ourselves…Know what you are disposing of and how…Let’s start at home and protect Mother Earth.

Household Waste…

It is a proven statistic that if everyone disposed of their waste correctly and responsibly it would make a huge difference…So don’t think that just because YOU throw your oil down your sink or drain that it doesn’t matter …IT DOES.

It is quite easy to dispose of household waste correctly it is also quite easy to take steps to not produce so much household waste if we don’t waste it we don’t have to dispose of it…

We do however need to plan…shop and cook clever to avoid waste we then don’t have to dispose of it…Do we?

The first step in the planning is how we shop…I am lucky in that I have fresh markets within walking distance …I also grow a selection of herbs, fruit and veggies…Not all of you are as lucky as I am so you need to plan, plan what you can grow even on a windowsill or pots, use your freezer, buy fruits and vegetables in season then pickle them, make jams and chutneys or freeze them..take advantage of bargains.

Before you go shopping check that fridge and shop that fridge look at what you have and what you can make from it… those leftover bits of vegetables make soup…flat soda ?…make granola, just freeze it and once frozen scrape with a fork…

Cola also is a great meat tenderiser…3 billion pounds of flat soda liquid is poured down the drains each year…what a waste when we can use it with little or no effort on our part…

Use unpaper towels...Up to 4 months of paper towels! Using reusable towels decreases 3,000 tons of paper towel waste a day. Save trees while saving space and money with this eco-friendly sustainable alternative.

I have ordered mine and will let you know how I get on…

Think before you load that dishwasher with dirty pans and plates have you scraped them squeaky clean into your food waste bin? Because most of us wash our excess curry sauce, soup down the drain…it then sticks to wet wipes, nappies and the end product is a fatberg…One and a half million tons of food and drink is chucked down the sinks each year.

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

What is fracking? ….short for hydraulic fracturing, it’s a method that uses high-pressure water and chemical cocktails to break up deep shale formations in order to extract gas …

The dangers of fracking…In addition to water quality issues, fracking wells release compounds into the air, such as benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and n-hexane; long-term exposure to these has been linked to birth defects, neurological problems, blood disorders and cancer. 

Quite frankly from what I have been reading if any fracking was carried out close to where I lived I would move…HOWEVER, a whole town cannot move…if you own your home who is going to buy it?…

It seems to me that profit is overriding any safety and health issues …the effect on drinking water sources…the damage it can and does cause is mind-blowing…

https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=332990.

After watching this…I would would say yes…what do you think ?

Although I understand some of the changes HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD and to an extent know what we can do to slow it down, however, I also know that the earth has gone through changes over the centuries so how much can we manipulate and stop what is happening and how much is just a fact of life ???

That’s all for today…I hope I have explained it in layman terms and made some things clearer as I believe we should all have a clearer picture in our minds as to what we can change and how… also what affects our health and how…

See you in two weeks for the letter I…next Wednesday it will be Part 7 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being H as in Anchovy…Doughnuts again but spelt properly…mine’s a jam one, please x

Thank you for reading it is a pleasure to see you here I hope you come again… Love Carol x

 

Waste Not, Want Not! Part Two!

Famine no food

Look closely can you see the holes in that child’s jumper Can you see the worry on their mum’s face a baby and two older children and herself and maybe a husband to feed…

There are probably also many other problems we could think of which this photo infers but behind the scenes…

What do I think is the solution?

I think we should start in our own communities and our own kitchens… Start small and grow big…Mum’s armies…

I have subscribers to my blog from all around the world as I am sure that most of you do so my thinking that between we could enthuse mum’s army and reach around the world we could make a difference…

Men really have made a pretty poor job over the centuries we still have wars, persecution of women and girls and it is the mums as shown in my picture who worry about the next meal or somewhere safe to sleep and clothes for their children.

 

So ladies and (men) we need to wake up, yes many of you work and are busy but sometimes we need to step up and be counted and go that extra mile it may be hard, it may upset your carefully planned rota, it may upset your family and kids…

But hey ho…Is that you in that photo?? I suspect not, I suspect you have clean water, food every mealtime for your table and your kids have decent clothes not ones with holes.

If we all looked at the waste which comes from our own kitchens we would be astonished and I hope many feel guilty when you see these photos…I do!

There but for the grace of God go I … Source unknown…Although there has been lots of speculation over the years.

My first post on waste included this link which I have signed up for basically the first task is looking at exactly what we waste in our own homes …If nothing else it opened my eyes and made me think… Think about what I waste and how I can waste less…

Also wasting less is a bonus because it saves us money... So I am not asking you to do something for nothing it could also improve your health…Double whammy then???

I already do some but not enough…

How it works? 

During the first week, you’ll track your preventable food waste to find out just how much you’re really wasting.

Over the next three weeks, we’ll email you easy tips and strategies to try as you continue to track your waste. By the end of the month, you’ll see how much food you saved.

Will you accept the challenge?

If you do …Here’s how to track your preventable waste. 

Place all your PREVENTABLE* food waste into a quart-size container (like a plastic deli or food storage container) or a quart-size zip-top bag. Once you fill a container, record it either on a paper copy of the Recording Worksheet or in your online Food Waste Log. Throw away the contents as usual, and start filling it again. Make sure you use the same size container throughout the Challenge. Keep containers in the fridge or freezer if you’re worried about odour or pests. If you come to the end of a week and the last container is partially filled, estimate the portion to the nearest quarter (ex. .25, .5, .75).
*PREVENTABLE food waste is food you bought to eat but has since spoiled or food that was prepared but was not eaten then thrown away. This does not include non-edible food waste such as banana peels, egg shells or chicken bones. Do not collect liquid waste, such as soup.

My biggest preventable food waste is herbs…I need to grow more so I can pick them fresh as some herbs keep longer when picked than others.

Tip: Storing Coriander( Cilantro). I use a tall jar with a screw lid and pop my coriander in ..No water just the coriander and it keeps fresh for a least a week I use quite a lot so never keep the same in a jar for longer but have heard it keeps for a further 3/4 days before it gets discoloured.

The coriander roots I freeze and use in curry pastes as they have a stronger flavour.

Broccoli stems... I have always used in soups but quite recently discovered that peeled and sliced they are great just as a vegetable or in a stir-fry.

Carrots I scrub instead of peeling so no waste there.

Citrus peels…Zesting is good and imparts a beautiful taste in cakes, biscuits, desserts. Peel can be dried or candied. Freeze the zest in ice-cube trays.

Dry and grind the peels to a powder and add to salt and black pepper for a lovely seasoning mix.

Add orange peel to your brown sugar and you will get no more clumping as it draws out the moisture.

Vegetable peels...Make vegetable crisps…

Watermelon Rinds…One of my best discoveries…I love them pickled…

Ingredients:

  • 4 lb of Watermelon
  • 1 chilli thinly sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger finely sliced or diced
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tsp salt I use fresh mineral salt dried here
  • 1 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 cup of sugar

Let’s Cook!

Using a vegetable peeler remove the outer green rind and slice the watermelon into I inch slices. Cut away all but 1/4 inch of the flesh (it is) the white part we are pickling. The red flesh keeps for smoothies or ice cream or a nice salad with feta cheese.

Then cut the rind into 1-inch pieces.

Add the chilli, ginger, star anise, salt, pepper, rice vinegar and sugar plus ½ cup of water together in a pan, bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the watermelon rind and bring back to a rolling boil and then again reducing the heat to a simmer for 5 mins or until the rinds are just tender. Remove the pan from the heat, and leave the liquid to cool down. You may need to weigh the watermelon down with a plate or lid, as it needs to stay submerged in the liquid until cool.

Once cooled then transfer to a container with a well-fitting lid and refrigerate for at least 12 hours before you eat…This will keep refrigerated for about 2/3 weeks if it lasts that long…lol

Enjoy with cold meats and cheese or just on its own from the container…

That is a few of my ideas on what and how to cut down on preventable food waste …What do you do ??

This is a comment from the lovely Vero who does her bit to combat food waste: Please check out her blog she is a fabulous cook and advocate for saving waste 🙂 xx

Carol, brilliant post! I love the challenge and I have subscribed myself as well. I am absolutely against food waste. The UK is one of the countries with the biggest food waste!!! Unbelievable… When we lived in an apartment and we shared bins downstairs I could not believe how much food people actually throw away! I barely throw away something from my kitchen as I am trying to use as much as I possibly can and I am always without leftovers. There is always way… And plastic in stores and wrapped food in it… I wish it could be reduced. I am taking now with me my own bags for vegetables, fruits where possible and even in a couple of stores they are willing to give me “unwrapped” food so I am very glad for that… I could see a massive waste reduction in our home… Thank you for sharing this! 💕

Please share and I will link and credit you with the ideas…

I hope this post on food waste has made you think and act I have deliberately not added any other pictures of food as I don’t want to detract from that mother’s face and her children. ..

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Thank you for reading xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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