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Waste Not, Want Not… Kitchen composting for City Dwellers …Part 7

compost green waste garden waste

Welcome back… How is your war on waste working? I have had many comments from my readers about what they are doing to combat waste and it makes me happy that so many people care about the world we live in.

These posts and my Monday posts do bear many similarities and crossover sometimes my sadness at the amount of poverty and starvation which still exists in this world and how we can address that as mothers, fathers, chefs and chief bottle washers.

How we can make our homes safer and our world …Well, I would like a world to leave to future generations…Wouldn’t you?

I was pleased to hear from Sue and Rob that single-use plastic bags are banned…

Sue said:

Here in the UK, the ban on Free single-use bags has been in place a couple of years now with a charge of 5p for a bag if you now want one, which goes into local fundraising funds..
We have bought cloth bags and to be honest Carol I have not missed them one bit, All you did with them was to push them in a draw then throw away…

Sue Dreamwalker has a lovely site where you will be met with love and peace with a touch of common sense thrown in 🙂

Rob said:

Hi Carol. These are great ideas that most people can easily implement. Here in San Francisco, we have a ban on single-use plastic bags. If you forget to bring a bag you can buy a paper bag at checkout.

Robert M Goldstein is an artist extraordinaire whose art is awesome… do pop over and have a look and he also cares about the world we live in…It doesn’t get better than that…Does it?

That was great news to my ears HOWEVER upon further investigations I found it most interesting that it is African countries who have taken the lead on this  https://study.com/blog/which-countries-have-banned-plastic-bags.html

Countries which in parts have wars and atrocities going on, food shortages and yet they see the need to reduce plastic. waste…I think that is awesome but I also think many western countries need to up their game…

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I have also noticed that on many huge company websites that wording is very clever…”We fully support the….. ” Doesn’t actually say they DO… 

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I have for many years recycled glass, cardboard, plastics and made compost from green waste…

How many of you compost your green waste?

To me, there is no better feeling than that newly composted waste in your hands…

fresh compost green waste

I know many of you are city dwellers and maybe only have window boxes and tubs but you can still compost…Here’s how!

https://www.zipcar.com/ziptopia/city-living/how-to-compost-guide-city-dwellers

This is a brilliant guide which will cover everything you need to know and also worm bins now as we know worms are very good for aerating the soil.

As I said earlier I have always done what I thought I should but looking back it wasn’t enough and since I have started these posts it has very quickly dawned on me the sheer size and enormity of the task.

I have just scratched the tip of the iceberg…

Clothes…I have always given my old clothes to charities and shops but have I ever remodelled them…No!

Well, Anne Copeland does very successfully…All in a day’s breath…

A lovely blog and Anne’s philosophy of life is very much in tune with mine …

Anne said:

Textile too is a horrible contaminant in the trash heaps, etc. So I belong to some recycling groups for recycling textiles instead of throwing everything away. You would be amazed at how many beautiful and sometimes still have tags on them garments I find in our trash bins at our senior mobile home park. And I take them out, save what I or my dear man can use, and what we cannot gets to the thrift store. I am good at taking garments and upcycling them too, so I have the lowest garment bill in town. All I buy new is skivies and socks, though if I find some good ones, they will go for me too.

The reality is that we need to recycle every single thing that can be recycled or upcycled. It helps our earth in so many ways. And it is exciting too when we find new ways to do things to help our earth.

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Anne’s comments opened up a whole new world for me…I was gobsmacked by her commitment to recycling and she has agreed to do a guest post in the future and I for one am looking forward to that…

Have I ever thought about the thread that is used? No!

Have I ever thought about what the material has been treated with? No!

Did I realise that every time we wash something or brush against something tiny little fibres are dropped? The microfibers, which are mainly released when clothes are washed, end up in wastewater plants, where a significant proportion pass through water filtration systems. Even the ones that are filtered end up in the sewage sludge that can be applied to farm soils as fertilizer or dumped in landfills.

So it is very important to realise that when we buy these cheap throwaway fashions made in sweatshops by often forced child labour that the thread used and what the fabric is sprayed with is more than likely carcinogenic and harmful to humans and the environment.

It was this interesting project which caught my eye … It will also be a topic for another day…

https://scienceblog.com/504504/first-model-of-how-plastic-waste-moves-in-the-environment/?

I hope you are as excited as I am about how these posts are taking shape and that it is making you think about how you can make changes…If it has and you are please share with us as we are becoming a little community who cares…xxx

Thank you for reading and if you loved what you read here and know someone who also loves reducing waste  please share 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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

Waste Not, Want Not…Part Six

Waste pollution climate change

Welcome back… How is your war on waste working I have had many notes from my readers on what they are doing to combat waste and it makes me happy that so many care about the world we live in.

Every time I go to the Farmers Market now I am so impressed as more and more of the goods are wrapped in banana leaves can you see the cone those little green buds are wrapped in it so lovely to get my fruit and vegetable wrapped like that or just loose without a wrapping if vegetables are too big like carrots and things, everyone is using brown paper bags and it takes me back to when I was young and you never saw a plastic bag they were all paper… Or my mum and all her friends used to take their wicker baskets shopping …That was a few years ago now…

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Today I am going to look at how we can reduce waste of single-use plastic bags in the home.

Did you know about 300 million tons of plastic is produced worldwide every year and some 8 million tons is just dumped in the Oceans how much of that is recycled…ONLY 9%… That is disgusting…

How can we help?

  1. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. Purchase a reusable stainless steel, glass straw or bamboo straw and take it with you…It soon becomes a habit…
  2. Use a reusable shopping bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often!
  3. Give up gum. Gum is made of synthetic rubber, aka plastic. I get so angry when I am walking and gum gets attached to the bottom of my shoe…If you have to chew wrap it and put it in a bin when you have finished… However, if you click the link you may not ever want to chew gum again.
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles or glass bottles instead of plastic as they are recyclable.
  5. Cereal, pasta, and rice buy from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. It saves money and unnecessary packaging.
  6. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  7. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your drinks, even when ordering from a take-out shop…All you need to do is ask or measure how much is in your takeaway cup and go and buy a suitable sized reusable cup…Sorted…

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  1. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
  2. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods! 
  3. Don’t use plastic cutlery at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your takeaway box.
  4. Make freshly squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
  5. Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
  6. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  7. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

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Dolly from koolkoscherkitchen  is a keen supporter of reducing waste and plastic and came up with a great idea…She is having a book launch at one of her local stores soon and is going to take the advantage and ask what they are going to do to reduce waste and plastic waste…What a great idea…

Well done, Dolly please keep us updated …

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Here is a copy of a letter which you could write to your local store, council or government representative or even a manufacturer… the wording would need to be changed slightly depending on the recipient but we are bloggers and authors so that should be a doodle…

Dear …..

I support the initiative to ban single-use plastic bags in your store at …..

I hope this ban is the first step in which ……. your company shows vision and leadership in the region and perhaps in the nation by taking bold actions to reduce waste and litter and protect and improve local wildlife and marine life.

People coped before plastic bags and will do so again.

Without easy access to free bags, one quickly becomes accustomed to their own reusable bags.

Banning smoking from bars and restaurants was met with an uproar several years ago, and now it almost seems outrageous that this was ever allowed. People very quickly adapt …

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the steps you have taken already by having days in the store where plastic bag are not available and by using banana leaves as packaging rather than a plastic bag…I would though like to bring to your attention the piece of plastic in the sushi packaging I noticed the other day could it not be cut from a banana leaf?

I await your positive response.

Kind Regards.

My local store is responding very positively about reducing waste and plastic which given that Asia is a haven for plastic and waste  I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased…

 

The cream coloured flower buds are called Daylily ดอกไม้จีน usually used in soups and very popular with Thais and often used in herbal medicine and healing but also used in stir-fries we stir-fried ours with the Ceylon Spinach and it was very nice. The Ceylon spinach had a sort of beetroot taste. It is also used in natural medicine here and is believed to have many healing properties…

vegetable stir fry

We just washed and cut and stir-fried with a little garlic and oyster sauce it made a nice vegetable side dish. It was a vegetable which none of us had seen or tried before and which I love about this market as the food is local and many of the fruits and vegetables not really grown commercially but by local people and farmers. The red Noodle snake beans were also a new variety for me very similar to the green and quite a rare bean so I will enjoy them while I can. It holds its colour when cooked and ideal for salads and stir-fries.

green and red snake beans

Notice how they are tied now with banana leaf and a bamboo tie instead of in a plastic bag and I think it is so much nicer isn’t it?

Thank you once again for indulging me in my war against waste… I have certainly opened a can of worms…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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.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 Not…Want Not! Part Three…

Stop waste in the home

Good morning and welcome to Part Three of our war on food waste… I have been very heartened by the comments on the first two posts and pleased at how seriously many of you are taking this…I don’t want you to go away disheartened but enlightened we can all do something to help save our beautiful world and leave a legacy of hope for our children and grandchildren… I love hearing how you do your bit I think you are all brilliant and together we will make a difference …

Today I am looking at the 4 types of waste in the home and how I try to do my little bit. I would also love to hear what you do what you have changed…

Asia is not the leading light in reducing waste what I see here horrifies me at times BUT I am also seeing signs of change which is great news…

Organic Waste...comprises of vegetables, fruits, flowers and leaves…For the last few weeks, I have covered this and have taken steps to cut my waste and have given you some recipes I am always on the lookout for more recipes using parts of the fruits and vegetables which we would normally throw away.

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Who throws away the celery leaves? I did before I lived here…Similar to parsley, celery leaves can be used in salads, smoothies, soups and stews and other dishes I have even juiced them and used as a brine for bacon as celery has natural nitrates. My favourite use is as one of my ingredients in my homemade chicken stock. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A for starters…

Pumpkins are in season and everywhere and are chock full of seeds… seeds which are packed with magnesium, zinc, copper, protein and omega-3 fats. They provide prostate health benefits to men and may help to relieve menopause symptoms for women. Pumpkin seed is delicious just toasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil and salt.

pumpkin-seeds

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-pumpkin-seeds/

Toxic Waste... I like many people I am sure when I read this list didn’t associate all of this with toxic waste…I didn’t think and I should have done…

Old Medications, Paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertiliser and pest control containers, batteries and shoe polish…How many of you like me have just chucked some of these in the bin???

I never used to think! Medications, paints and batteries I did recycle separately… What do I do now …I don’t buy aerosol cans anymore and haven’t for a number of years, Fertilisers and pest control I don’t buy with the exception of coils for Mosi’s and shoe polish well I don’t polish my flip-flops but never gave shoe polish a thought when I used to polish shoes and boots…

Cleaners I make or buy organic ones and refills not in plastic bottles, in fact, the cleaner I use comes in a brown paper sachet and is dissolved in water…One of the best cleaners I have used it removes stains and grease and I don’t have to wear gloves and with my skin, I always have had to up until I started to use this one. I was given it to test and was very sceptical…I mean ladies who haven’t been taken in by clever marketing and needed a gas mask and gloves and it didn’t do what it said on the tin????

What is it called?   Morris Clean read my review here

Recyclable…Paper, Glass, metals, Plastics…

Much is in the news and press about plastic and the environment…We have all seen it and maybe got too used to seeing it!

Did you know? 

If  WE didn’t use plastic in our homes for a year 1 million marine lives would be saved???

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Much is starting to be done in Asia and many islands are being closed due to damage to the ecosystem and that is brilliant … How can we help?

We can be aware of what plastic we buy, purchase glass bottles where possible, dispose of plastic properly… Look at what we can buy instead of plastic if we buy take out drinks take our own cup and straws…There are alternatives…

Today I am looking at straws…A small thing but one which causes untold damage to the ecosystem… When I was young we had paper straws and yes I will admit they didn’t last long so maybe not such a good idea…

We now have stainless steel straws and to save burning our lips on a hot beverage they have little caps to protect our delicate lips. My self I love bamboo straws although the glass ones are very pretty and of course we have silicon straws which as long as they are BPA FREE are an option…

Did you know??

Straws take 200 years to break down…Maybe we all should stop using plastic straws and look at alternatives… Even The Queen of England has done that!

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I think the words pretty but deadly spring to mind …..To help you decide I have added a link…

https://pebblemag.com/magazine/living/5-eco-friendly-alternatives-to-plastic-straws

Soiled waste…Materials soiled with blood or other bodily fluids or waste, disposable nappies ( diapers)

Who remembers with pride that lovely line full of snow-white nappies billowing in the breeze and how soft they were without using fabric softener??

Then along came disposable nappies to lighten our workload…A godsend…That has turned into a nightmare for the environment …

Do you know???

It takes 200- 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose and how much methane gas they produce???

The good news is that in The Netherlands nappies are composted by using an industrialised system and there is no reason why that system could not be adopted by other countries…

Also although we cannot choose girls use fewer nappies than boys…

If you are concerned about this then this article is a very good one and provides both sides of the argument.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/3293442/Nappies-reusable-or-disposable.html

Thank you for reading this and I hope it has made you feel positive about stepping up your recycling and doing your own research on how you can help Save our World and Wildlife for future generations…Even if it means taking a half hour and writing to your MP or a manufacturer of goods you purchase ask them what they are doing are they being responsible because the onus is not just on us but governments and manufacturers if we don’t show them we care…They will carry on…

We as the consumer have the power…Look what happened to Monsanto they felt the power of the people and we can talk by our actions …

Until next Thursday when there will be more about waste and how we can address it …If you have any ideas I will publish them so please send them into me and I will credit you by linking back to your blog.

Old Boots…Just a thought…

flower filled boots

Have a lovely day 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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.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