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Latest recycling and environmental news…16th 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…

I don’t smoke and abhor the smell of it…I have also written about cigarette butts b4….For something so small and I have seen people just flick them away…They create a pretty big mountain of trash and do untold damage…

Cigarette butts have long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over 32 years.

It’s no wonder that cigarette butts have drawn attention. The vast majority of the 5.6 trillion cigarettes manufactured worldwide each year come with filters made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that can take a decade or more to decompose. As many as two-thirds of those filters are dumped irresponsibly each year, according to Novotny, who founded the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project.

Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.

A major report on land use and climate change says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.

But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.

They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.

What are your thoughts on this? Over the last few decades, we have been told to cut the salt, cut the sugar, eat low-fat foods…

Now it appears that low fat means higher sugars…So we are now being told fat in moderation is ok…

Now my understanding of what a scientist does is…That they have a theory…They test that theory…That testing could take 5 years, 10 years 20 years…If then that theory is proven ….That’s good…If that theory is not proven to be correct the scientist then comes up with another theory to test so the process begins again…

Eating low fat and ditching fat was a theory…Now proven to be untrue…Back to the drawing board…BUT manufacturers and governments implemented that unproven theory …THE RESULT ….More health issues which meant more government money being spent on treatments…

Now we are being told …Follow plant-based diets…But is this another theory.?.. Is this now being tested?

My thoughts…Yes, we should eat more vegetables and less red meat…BUT…I advocate a healthy balanced diet based on the health of my parents, my self, my children over the last few decades…As good as any scientific trial…The proof of the pudding as the saying goes…

I am happy to do what I can to help climate change...HOWEVER…There seems to be a lot of theories floating around and if we don’t have good health it doesn’t matter that the world won’t exist as some theories are touting…We won’t know a dam thing about it!

Read the report a few times and then tell me what you think based on what you think are theories( which) are not facts and proven facts… 

Waste I am all for reducing…How to cut down and survive in the kitchen without disposables …Click the link it has some very good ideas which are tested…Beeswax wraps are they the forward….? There really are lots of good ideas ..something for everyone…

Beeswax Wraps

Who wants to ditch the cling film, pack a lunch and find a suitable way to ditch the plastic baggies for something sustainable well this link doesn’t have all the answers but has a good few…

Who hasn’t been to a Tupperware party? Who still uses Tupperware…I mean don’t ditch it keep using it …Tupperware has been around for over 70 years and most people recognise the name….Well, Tupperware is changing … “Tupperware Brands is committed to meeting the needs of today’s consumers, who are increasingly asking for solutions that mitigate waste and advance a more circular economy. The introduction of this new material, and the products in which they will be used, reflect our continued dedication to further reduce our environmental footprint at all levels of the product lifecycle – from design, production and distribution to products’ use and reusability – and also reflects our heritage of innovation and sustainable design,” said Bill Wright, Tupperware Brands’ Executive Vice President, Product Innovation & Supply Chain.

 

I really do dislike hearing about food waste especially when I hear about children and people starving around the world…In this so-called enlightened period of time we shouldn’t be hearing about children going to school without breakfast…we shouldn’t be hearing about children starving in school holidays…

Governments around the world should be ensuring that everyone should have the basic in life and food and water count amongst that…There are many schools who feed children and wash their clothes…Something is wrong, very wrong…Children should not be relying on charity for food and clothes…I have seen comments from people like me and you who are saying that parents should be feeding and clothing their children that there should be no need for charity…Those people obviously do not struggle financially…Pull up the ladder, Jack I am alright….as the saying goes…Me….I sincerely hope you get yours in spades…Whoever you are…

I don’t need to go into the why’s and the wherefores as to why people are starving…The reasons are many…

The Magic Breakfast is a charity whose mission is to ensure that children, who might otherwise not have the best start to their mornings, get a nourishing, healthy and filling breakfast before they start their school day.

Working with ‘partner schools’, the charity provides over 40,000 children with a ‘magic’ breakfast, but with an estimated 1.8 million school-age children in the UK at risk of hunger in the morning, there’s much still to do.

That’s all for today I know I have left you on a sobering note…But please look at your food waste and carbon footprint and if you have any food leftovers think of your neighbour …they may be elderly or have young children…They may be in need of a meal or a bag of fruit if your bush or tree has yielded too much for you…We all need to be paying it forward…

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 recycling and the environment…

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…

This is an adorable video…What these school children are doing is so cool and it teaches them circular recycling at the same time…

Naughty Corner…

Last week I wrote about Meth – Gators and how when drugs are flushed into the water system it is causing mutations in the animal population…This seems to be a problem worldwide I hold my hand up I have in the past flushed things down the loo which now I know I really shouldn’t have…I think we ALL need to be more aware of what dangers our age-old habits are actually causing…Take  Metronidazole which is an antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat infections such as pelvic inflammation or other vaginal diseases. It can cause side effects that include seizures, numbness, and diarrhoea, and should not be used while pregnant or during breastfeeding. It’s perfectly safe—provided it’s taken as prescribed. If you have tablets or medicine over take them to a pharmacy do not flush them…

clock showing eleventh hour

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

 A combination of wastewater treatment leaks, human and animal waste and runoff from drug manufacturers has led to one river in Bangladesh showing concentrations of metronidazole 300 times greater than the “safe” level…This is what happens…

It seems our habit of flushing things down the loo..needs to stop…It would be a start as it has been proven time and time again that small actions multiplied can and do MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Now it is time for this an idea whose benefits are twofold it looks so pretty and is also a haven and food source for insects and bees…

I am in favour that big companies and manufacturers should be doing more for the environment I am however not naive…I did after Nestle’s disgraceful actions and comments that” water was not a human right” banned all Nestle products from our house. This most recent of actions I am sure will benefit Nestle by increasing sales but if it does what they claim then it will also benefit the environment…I probably still wouldn’t buy them ( I do) hold grudges…haha…But do think that many consumers will especially given the benefits to the environment.

Nestle has launched a new recyclable wrapper for a snack bar that it claims will degrade in a marine environment within six months.

The YES! range will also be used on a high-speed packaging line in a “world-first” technological breakthrough.

Last year, the brand pledged to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The new wrapper has just been rolled out on the YES! fruit and nut-based bars from July and will carry the message “carefully wrapped in paper”.

Tori is an author of children’s books and she often sends me e-mails if she comes across anything that she thinks I may want to share with you all…Thank you, Tori…

If you happen to live in the UK and would love to volunteer and help with an environmental project then this link will give some ideas on where to volunteer… 

or you might want to spend your annual holiday helping out…

Food Waste…I find it appalling when there are so many people in the world starving and not just in third world countries…I know this image is out of date but the message is clear if you are interested or have spare food contact your local government to see if they have any incentives coming up…

food cycle waste chart

Much of the waste takes place on the consumer end of things, thanks in part to poor marketing, incorrect storage, confusing expiry dates, and bad shopping habits. Another issue is overflowing store shelves and displays, which shoppers in high-income countries have come to view as common practice, despite the fact that not everything displayed gets sold.

Thanks to smartphone technology, there are some ways in which this food waste is being reduced. A few apps have been developed that connect shoppers to businesses with surplus food that are willing to sell it at a discount in order to avoid throwing it out.

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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Thank you for reading …Have a great week xx

 

 

Plastic Part 12…Recycling…

It has been one of those weeks when everywhere I turn I see plastic on the news, documentary’s, coming out of overflowing bins it just seems to be shouting at me this week…Haha can’t get me I am still here… there were the workmen in Serbia who were taking the plastic which was causing a blockage in the river from one side of the bridge and just dumping it on the opposite side…Now I don’t know if that is the current practice there or if they were just being thoughtless and lazy either way I was just gobsmacked…

green foot prints eco system

What plans do Serbia’s government have? Serbia’s government plans to join the EU’s single-use plastic products ban, environment minister Goran Trivan said.

“By the end of this year( 2019), we will adopt very decisive measures in this direction,” Trivan said in a video file posted on the website of news agency Tanjug…

A smart approach is needed towards the disposable plastic products ban as many economic interests will be concerned, Trivan said.

Let’s hope some urgency creeps in, shall we?

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Janet from the blog Tidalscribe told me about Boots the Chemist and how they are now wrapping the prescriptions in plastic wrap and have done away with the paper bags, of course, the locals are understandably upset about this and have signed a petition.

When I dug a little deeper it seems that last August, Boots signed up to the UK Plastics Pact, a voluntary pledge by the retail industry to cut single-use plastic packaging. Wrap, the body that leads the campaign, said on Friday it was “engaging with Boots on this and other topics in relation to their contribution”. Apparently, there are many disgruntled customers I hope they walk and find somewhere else to get their prescriptions and anything else they need to buy …Although if people are ill or infirm that is not always possible is it? The government should make these pacts arbitrary and not voluntary…

Boots should be ashamed of themselves however it does seem that many companies both home and abroad sign these voluntary agreements and then do what the hell they like…

Governments need to grow a pair and set out their stall once and for all, stop voluntary agreements and make them obligatory.

Industry Announcements:

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Break Free From Plastic urged Southeast Asian governments to strictly enforce waste import bans.
Worn Again Technologies, a U.K. company commercializing a chemical recycling process for recovering polyester and cellulose from textiles, announced that the following companies have joined its Pioneer Members’ program: ASICS Europe, Dhana, Dibella, Directex, H&M, Himes, Kering and Sympatex.

 

Many Asian countries who were taking in waste from other countries have now banned this practice which I think is good every country should be responsible for its own waste not be shipping it out and the money saved from the shipping costs could be put towards their own recycling costs…

Malaysia has kicked back...and is sending contaminated waste back to the countries of origin…

It seems that Uk supermarkets led by Sainsbury’s are leading the way…Sainsbury’s

has become the first UK supermarket to remove the plastic from its loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items.

By September, paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items. Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a reusable bag made from recycled materials.

I think that is really great news and hope that other supermarkets quickly follow… So if you are a Sainsbury’s shopper then you need to get behind your store, get your bags ready and support them through any teething problems…as I remember customers complaining when McDonald’s changed their straws.

If we seriously want to eliminate plastic waste as much as we can then we need to be proactive and support any incentives and projects it may not be easy to start with but hey life isn’t easy and we need to rid the world of all this plastic…

Hopefully, this little video will help you to know what symbol to look for and what is done with this plastic when it is correctly recycled.

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you smile please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic 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

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

Plastic…Part 11…Are we really doing enough?

Good morning for sunny Thailand and it is a glorious day …At the moment …I say that as it is the low season which means sunshine and tropical storms and boy when that rain starts the heavens just open…It is also why everything is so gloriously green here…

Curry plant in bloom

My curry tree…

It makes you feel that all is well with the world but don’t be fooled it appears it is NOT!

I have written much about the billions of tons of plastic which affect the health of our seas…and Planet …landfill…Plastic is everywhere …

But how does it get there?

But I  always dispose of my waste properly! I always recycle when possible!”, We all say it! But, if no-one is responsible, how does so much end up in the rivers and the ocean?

But I always put my trash in the bin!

overflowing waste bins

Photo credit: habeebee on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

How many of us are guilty of adding our waste to that overflowing bin? Then walking away satisfied that we have done OUR bit?…

The problem doesn’t end here either because next, we need to move the garbage to a more permanent location. Before you say recycling, remember that, worldwide, less than 10% of all waste is recycled which means that the majority of your rubbish ends up as landfill or incinerated.

I see rubbish and bins everywhere like that here…So what is generally the first few things that happen before the rubbish is collected…

The wind picks up and blows the plastic bags everywhere...The dogs, cats and even the man who trundles along with his little trolley and goes down the bin…splits plastic bags open to see what is inside… This is life this happens, this is the reality!

street lady going down a waste bin

Photo credit: drpavloff on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC

All true...That is life …We may not want to admit it …But it is what happens…I see this every time I go for a walk but haven’t yet plucked up the courage to ask if I can take a photo…

This part of the story is probably the one we are most aware of. But there is another side of the story that we are less aware of but equally responsible for… I hear you…Loud and clear!

But how can I control illegal dumping of rubbish? Am I responsible for the actions of people who throw away their cigarette butts which are washed down the drain directly into the oceans? These actions do have an impact but it is not the biggest problem. It is also something we have no control over anyway.

In fact, the other side of the story is caused by us…Again! It has been estimated that of all the plastic and rubbish in the oceans, 90% of it comes from just 10 rivers.

Now if you were to look at where those rivers were located you would notice a link… it is those countries which most likely to manufacture many of the cheap, disposable plastic items. Items that are typically found as landfill and littering the oceans, such as plastic bags, toys, toothbrushes, straws and bottles.

They also happen to be the countries most likely to have inadequate waste management facilities. This means rubbish is much more likely to end up being lost to the environment.

We go shopping and often pick up things without a thought…I know I do… I consciously do try really hard but also if it is a product I buy…  I sometimes still buy it and dispose of it correctly of course I do but honestly, I don’t do enough … I really don’t!

I need to be more conscientious… Here’s what I think…

Refuse – Whenever you can, say NO to plastic bags, straws, cups, forks and spoons! And ask yourself, do I really need this?

This one I do…I have bamboo straws and we take our own cups for a refill I also refuse any cutlery or bag as always have a cloth bag with me…This I can honestly say I have perfected.

Reduce – When you cannot refuse, use less of whatever you can!

Truly I need to be better at this one...I need to decide and ask myself do I need to buy something then take the decision to try to find and buy a product marketed as sustainable and manufactured with consideration of the environment…Like these…I love them… banana leaves are used to make little baskets to hold tomatoes or other vegetables the bamboo containers holding tomatoes are emptied into a paper bag at the till and reused…

This is such a simple use of natural packaging and is what I buy when I can but I do need to think before I buy any imported items as that is where my problem lies. I need to think about packaging and the air miles even more …Think before I buy! Buy local …

Reuse – Fill up your water bottle, take cutlery out with you, reuse that plastic bag over and over.

Waterbottle √ Take cutlery with you × reuse that plastic bag √…2 out of 3 most of the time as sometimes I forget the cutlery…My bad…

Repair – If it breaks, don’t automatically throw it away, check if you can fix it!

I do now and that is because Thais are really good at that…Not much gets thrown away they always make do and mend…

Thinking about packaging in the home as I often do…

I have come across these great platinum silicone products which have many uses for the freezer, the oven and taking your food to work or play…It seems there are no known problems at the moment and that although they are not compostable they are fully recyclable where there are facilities.

While not a “100% natural” material like rubber, food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer mostly made from silica (sand). It can withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing, hazardous chemicals – unlike plastics, which contaminate food in these environments.

I like the way that the top seals and they fold flat I am thinking I could use them when I buy meat to save on a plastic bag and for me they would be better in the freezer than glass as I don’t have a very big freezer and glass is rigid and takes up more room.

And if you are short on smiles today then watch this video and I dare you not to smile…

However to keep on believing that throwing our trash in the correct bins and recycling is going to help our planet is wrong. we need to change not only our ways but our thinking…

The Bottom Line…

It is up to us as individuals to take a stand and start changing the way we look at our trash and the things that we buy.

Will you???

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you smile please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic 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
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic…Part 9…Biodegradable and Compostable bags?

Welcome to this weeks post on plastic…It is week 9 already and so much info on plastic it is unreal…

coloured plastic bags blowing in the wind

Photo credit: European Parliament on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

I am trying really hard to dispense with plastic in the home and I have gone a good way forward to doing that but some things cause for radical changes for example ” The freezer” I freeze fruit, some meat and if I make extra of a dish then I freeze in portions …Therein lies the problem for me…

Do I use biodegradable bags or compostable bags?

How can we be sure biodegradable bags are really eco-friendly? Are they the same as degradable plastic bags?

There are independent certification schemes you can look out for that give you peace of mind about the claims being made. But it means that you must do your research…

We will start with your kitchen bin…

Of course, the most eco-friendly answer is don’t line your bin…Which means that you must separate all your compostables,. recyclables and general waste…Of course, if you recycle and compost as much as you can you will find that you will have less waste.

If you must line your bin then check you are using a certified biodegradable or certified compostable bag instead of traditional plastic bags ( no more) using any plastic bags which you bring your shopping home in unless they are certified or those labelled degradable.

So you have checked your bags out and lined your bin…That’s alright then …Isn’t it? No!

Why? Because if you are filling those bags with general/household waste then once it gets to the landfill site the bag will break down or not according to what rubbish is inside the bag so all your efforts checking that your bags are certified will have gone to waste…If you are using biodegradable and compostable bags to contain general waste or household rubbish, be mindful of the fact that once it is all sent to landfill, the bag will behave like the rubbish it is containing. In a landfill site, biodegradable and compostable bags will break down a lot more slowly than they would in your home composting system, and they will break down without oxygen, producing methane, a greenhouse gas much more dangerous than carbon dioxide.

Biodegradable plastic bags…

Quite simply, something is biodegradable when living things, for example, fungi or bacteria, can break it down. Biodegradable bags are made from natural plant-based materials like corn and wheat starch rather than petroleum. However, when it comes to this kind of plastic, there are certain conditions required for the bag to begin to break down and biodegrade.

Firstly, temperatures need to reach 50 degrees Celsius. Secondly, the bag needs to be exposed to UV light. In an oceanic environment, this is highly unlikely to happen. Plus, as I have stated above if biodegradable bags are sent to landfill, they break down without oxygen to produce methane, a greenhouse gas far more powerful than carbon dioxide.

Degradable plastic bags…

Degradable items, unlike Biodegradable bags, are not broken down by living organisms so cannot be classed as biodegradable or compostable. Instead, the bags contain chemical additives used in the production of the plastic which allows the bag to break down quicker than a standard plastic bag usually would.

Which means bags advertised as degradable’ are definitely not beneficial, and can even be worse for the environment! Degradable bags that disintegrate just become tinier and tinier pieces of microplastic quicker, which as we know poses serious threats to marine life.

Microplastics enter the food chain lower down, getting eaten by smaller species and then continuing to make their way up the food chain as these smaller species are consumed. A situation which is highlighted very frequently in the news most recently the victims being gray whales.

Compostable plastic bags…

The word ‘compostable’ is incredibly misleading for the average consumer. You’d think a bag labelled as compostable would mean you could throw it in your backyard compost alongside your fruit and veggie scraps, right? Wrong. Compostable bags biodegrade, but only under certain conditions.

Compostable bags need to be composted in a specific composting facility, Compostable bags are generally made from plant material that returns to base organic components when processed by these facilities, but the problem lies in the fact there are thus far only 150 of these facilities Australia wide.

However, it seems that with the changing of consumer attitudes commercially many countries are struggling as current commercial plants cannot deal with all the different types of plastic …

As a consumer based on this, I am making a concerted effort to avoid as much plastic as I can in my own home,,,

Home Freezing for me one of the hardest to change…Here is a good article about using mason jars as storage in the freezer…Something I haven’t tried yet…Have you?

Dog poo bags? 

dog photo

Photo credit: flowcomm on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

It seems that whatever bag you use not many cities accept them once used due to cross contamination…

I think bags are much like plastic bottles when I reviewed they have a long way to go until recycling is available and effective within a short timescale…

Until then I will do the best I can given the circumstances of disposal available…

Thank you so much for reading this post If you have any thoughts please add a comment I always respond 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
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 all have a great week 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 6…PET and Climate Change…

There has been so much in the news about Climate change that I thought I would break it down and explain how it comes about…

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Climate change is bought about by Global Warming which is characterized by a general increase in average temperatures of the Earth, which modifies the weather balances and ecosystems for a long time. It is directly linked to the increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, worsening the greenhouse effect.

Although the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon the increase in greenhouse gases is linked to human activities.

The massive use of fossil fuels is obviously the first source of global warming, as burning coal, oil and gas produce carbon dioxide – the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere – as well as nitrous oxide.

I have previously mentioned how everything I talk about in my blogs is interlinked one has an effect on another…and so it goes…

Fossil fuels are used to produce PET…( Polyethylene Terephthalate)

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This is the most commonly used plastic 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.

Still confused about the numbers on plastic bottles then click here for a guide

So to the solution...The first way to prevent climate change is to move away from fossil fuels. What are the alternatives? Renewable energies like solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.

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The German government realise what a problem this is and plan to close all 84 of their coal powered power plants.

https://www.latimes.com/…/la-fg-germany-coal-power…

Roughly 27 % of Germany’s electricity is from renewables; the goal is at least 80 % by 2050. Following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors and pledged to close the rest by the end of 2022. It sounds to me like Germany are serious about using renewable fuel.

Italy voted overwhelmingly to keep their country non-nuclear. Switzerland and Spain have banned the construction of new reactors.

However, statistics show China and the USA are the largest users of fossil fuels which makes for scary reading…https://cdiac.ess-dive.lbl.gov/trends/emis/prc.html

Which brings me to the conclusion that all these demonstrators do have a point…Governments need to be made to take notice particularly the ones at the top of the list as they are certainly making a huge contribution to Global Warming.

It is heartening to read about towns which are making their own efforts to combat Global Warming like the Finnish town of  Li in Northern Finland

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=980637838806635 

Globally is it going to be enough? I do hope so…

China who are top of the list for burning fossil fuel and it seems their answer is to deploy the army to plant trees…All well and good but is it addressing the true problem?

Thank you for reading and I do invite your comments what do you think about the most polluted country planting trees????

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