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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 5th July -11th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Jerk Fish…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on lockdown once again…Let’s hope it is for the last time, stay safe and strong…Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…Recycling and Climate Change… 6th July 2020…

It seems the last few months have brought about many changes, on the one hand, everyone is cooking far more and wasting less food but recycling seems to be on the wane apparently due to the increase on takeaways and maybe collections.

Which means we must try hard not to slip into bad habits and recycle responsibly.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/06/recycling-and-climate-change-6th-july-2020/

Tuesday: Finger Rolls.

Tuesday was just a recipe for finger rolls which turned out great really tasty and everyone enjoyed them …Definitely a recipe I will make again…

I have also had a request for Pretzel Bread something I haven’t made before and the recipe is totally different but I am excited to give it a go…If anyone makes Pretzel Bread and has any tips me please share…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/07/bread-finger-rolls/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘M’ is for Mayonnaise, Mango, Mousse, Morels, Khao Neow Manuang and Marengo

I was over at Sally’s for my Food Column where Sally is repeating one of my favourite series the A-Z of food where I am having fun going through the Culinary Alphabet…

carol-header letter M

I am discovering much I didn’t know or didn’t know I knew…I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am…

via Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘M’ is for Mayonnaise, Mango, Mousse, Morels, Khao Neow Manuang and Marengo

Thursday: Virtual screening of the story of Plastic…

This is an exciting opportunity to watch the film and then take part in a discussion…I hope some of you will join me it is always lovely to get different views…Please click the link below to secure your spot…

https://zerowastechef.com/2020/07/08/virtual-screening-of-the-story-of-plastic/

Friday in my kitchen…Fresh Dates, Jerk Fish and Tomato Soup…

I have just eaten a bowl of the tomato soup and it is the closest I have made to Heinz…and fish I love fish and prefer fish to meat…I hope you enjoy the recipes.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/11/friday-in-my-kitchen-fresh-dates/

Saturday Snippets…

Whimsical Wednesdays have morphed into Saturday Snippets…It is the same but different…Just me being whimsical…some music and dancing, an abandoned farmhouse and a Secret Garden…Enjoy!

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Image by Rebecca Xibalba from Pixabay

As a child, I loved the story of the Secret Garden…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/11/saturday-snippets-7/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

Here is Smorgasbord Blog Magazine’s Weekly Roundup…

Packed with music, recipes, poetry, health advice, books reviews too much to mention just a delightful jam-packed week something for everyone to enjoy…and Josh Groban I just love listening to his music…Just pop over to Sally’s and you can enjoy it as well xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-weekly-round-up-july-5th-11th-2020-josh-groban-mango-pigeons-dublin-1944-books-health-and-laughter/

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

Recycling and Climate Change…4th May 2020…and Covid-19…

A new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…

I am coping...worried about my family overseas I find it a struggle sometimes to write and even contemplated not writing/blogging last week and then I received a beautiful comment which made me cry…It cheered me on…Thank you…you know who you are…

I have spent more time in the kitchen...just because…my creative streak was waning as my waistline spread…I was eating all the pies…sigh…watching far too much Netflix…dreaming of a Cadburys CHOCOLATE BAR…says she who doesn’t eat chocolate…

Then the boxes of mangoes and bananas arrived at my gate…I shared some bananas with my neighbours who then gave me more mangoes…My son on his shopping trip told me about the queue for free food …someone was giving out free food, masks, handwash and checking temperatures…He said social distancing was being observed and everyone was masked up and waiting patiently…It puts it into perspective really doesn’t it?… I need to stop wallowing and count my blessings…Buck my ideas up…

Let’s have a look at the good things I can find…

Nature is showing us that we are only tenants in this world…That without us the animals will return…we need to learn big lessons from this in so many ways…I hope the people will remember, speak out and cast their votes wisely…

Food waste…I have always thought I have been a good model and wasted little ..I hold my hands up I could waste far less and be more frugal not mean just aware of more…

While I think many are being more frugal and mindful at home what about the bigger picture?

Food waste is increasing…What can we do?

Food Hubs could be the solution we are looking for…I think this is a brilliant idea which has taken off really quickly…In fact, it took only 11 days to survey farmers and pantries throughout the region about what they were facing, establish a plan to raise money to pay farmers to supply pantries and bring on partners.

Food Hubs have happened with GROUNDWORK…

What else can you do?

You can eat sustainably, cook sustainably, dine out sustainably…How to do that…You can take action by clicking this link…

Recycling…These are cool…I love the extension lead idea…The clutch bag so clever…

Lots of brilliant ideas!

Masks…most of us now are wearing a mask at some point when shopping or out walking …This N95 scarf filters the air around you and they are washable…

Also on the Good News Network...I found this…Air Pollution in Major World Cities Has Dropped By as Much as 60% During COVID Shutdowns, Says New Report. It also reports how the Earths Ozone layer is repairing itself…

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https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/air-pollution-in-world-cities-drops-by-60-percent/

Even though we are in trying times and often very sad times there are lots of changes for the good and we are becoming more aware…I know I am… as to how quickly this world is repairing itself…

My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boy with watering can

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

Image by Phichit Wongsunthi from Pixabay

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

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

Global Warming …The warnings continue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
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

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

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

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

wet wipe being stretched

Photo credit: yourbestdigs on VisualHunt / CC BY

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

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

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

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

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

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

The three main worries about wet wipes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have to hope it will…

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

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

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

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

Plastic…Part 10…A recycled Football Pitch…

Good morning…My head is swimming…When is a bag not a bag??? I am beginning to think I will never know…

coloured plastic bags blowing in the wind

A question and statement from Ellen Hawley set us both thinking ??? I am beginning to think that it is all in the production and that there are exceptions to a very broad ruling…I hope this link helps my only concern is that the statement.

“A bioplastic carrier bag also looks exactly like a traditional carrier bag. ” Means I will never truly know what I am using…

Produces the comment from me… Help! …and remember…

stressed is only desserts backwards

Photo credit: oatsy40 on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

The sheer volume of plastic waste is now coming to light and scientists have found 414 million pieces of plastic waste on Australia’s Cocos Islands which has made scientists reassess the amount of plastic pollution that may already be in the world.

Much of this was found below ground which gives scientists grounds to think the scale of plastic may be incorrect and be far more…

Now for the good news as there are many projects underway or already in practice to address this…ProAmPac has announced four new sustainable product groups…

Of course, it means that to start with we as consumers may need to do our research for companies whose packaging is compostable and recyclable with our yard waste or food and doesn’t need specialist recycling. But…we want to do our bit as well, don’t we?…

Shampoo…Of course, we can make our own using recycled containers and bottles but with our busy lives and resources, we don’t always have the time or the inclination…

Herbal Essences and TerraCycle create the brands first ever beach plastic bottle

 

Budweiser, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup…and sponsor of so many sporting events…

 

Budweiser Creates Unique Football Pitch From Recycled Plastic Cups…How fantastic is that? It does seem that many of the sporting giants are getting behind the plastic problem and yes it will create more publicity for them but I don’t care if it lessens the amount of plastic in our oceans which killing the marine life then so be it…

Unilever North America…Accelerates their action on their plastic packaging target…

Another sporting giant…Adidas has unlocked a circular future with a running shoe made to be remade…

The old and new adidas trainers

Photo credit: r0bm867 on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC

I think a circular economy is a way forward and many companies are signing with Loop who are rethinking recycling. Producing great looking containers which they will refill.

Going on holiday? Many countries now are banning plastic at the point of entry…The Airport…It is also said that Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans.

Countries, states, large cities and small towns all around the world have banned disposable plastic shopping bags to protect the environment. In Canada, the town of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba banned plastic bags in 2007. Other North American cities include San Francisco (also 2007), Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland and Mexico City. The states of Hawaii and North Carolina have banned plastic bags, and states in Australia and India have done the same. Countries that have banned disposable plastic bags include Italy, China, Bangladesh, many countries in Africa including Rwanda, Kenya, the Congo, and South Africa and the list is growing…all positive…

Just one more thing I have been reading quite a lot on the whales which are washing up dead on various beaches around the world and it seems that as whales hoover up as they go around they are ingesting microplastic which is either in the water or the fish they are eating so just to recap please think about what you are buying as regards Cosmetics as much of this ends up in the waterways and eventually the sea…

Thank you for reading and please if you liked this share to your friends we must get the word out that the march of the plastic must be stopped and soon 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 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

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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

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