Tag Archives: The Story of Plastic

The Story Of Plastic …Part 3

The story of Plastic continued…

Plastic was initially a waste product…a word that originally meant ” pliable and easily shaped” in recent years it became a name for a category of materials called polymers. The word polymer means “of many parts,”

Although there are natural polymers made from plants synthetic polymers have been found to be very useful…

cotton-2807360_640

It started in 1869 when an American Inventor namely John Wesley Hyatt saw an opportunity when a New York company made an offer of 10,000 dollars for anyone who could come up with a substitute for ivory.

Hyatt found that if he treated cellulose derived from cotton fibres with camphor a plastic was created which could be moulded into various shapes and made to imitate tortoiseshell, ivory, horn and linen….the plastic revolution took shape…

Manufacturers were now no longer limited by the availability of natural products…

This was just the beginning…

We now come to today where the chemicals needed to make plastic come predominantly from shale products…Collecting shale products causes pollution at the point of extraction…Shale gas manufacturing has devastating effects on communities.

Sunoco Pipeline, Formosa Plastic, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobile Chemical, Sabic, Chevron, Shell…just typing these names fills me with horror and looking at the names there is a common theme…

Formosa Plastic was found guilty of dumping 50 million gallons a day into estuaries…pellets were everywhere…

This is a common occurrence wherever there are pipelines, factories…waterways are polluted, there are blowouts, lower life expectancies in these areas, a higher incidence of breathing problems, cancers the risks to public health and wildlife are enormous…

Those plastic pellets, micro and nano plastics that are being dumped in our waterways are being increasingly found in our food and water around the world..fish ingest them and bingo ..no you haven’t won the jackpot you are eating or drinking them…

Although researchers are exploring ways to make bioplastics a more viable option the production of them presents sustainability challenges and of course that includes effective biodegradability…

These companies often ride over peoples rights and often you don’t have the rights you think you have as a homeowner. Check it out before it is too late.

There is so much to think about with plastic as in some areas it is a necessity a lifesaver e.g babies incubators and other medical equipment is often made of plastic…However, we need to make our voices heard and be asking the questions as to what is happening with the waste we put out for collection and also we need to make our voices heard and demand that manufacturers do not produce anything which is not biodegradable…

To me, 83 kinds of separation depending on the plastic product means that some products require separating and different machinery is required in order to recycle it… I understand if it is white goods or electrical but packaging…That has to stop I mean when a little single-use sachet is made from at least 5 different components and maybe 7 which means it cannot be recycled as no one has the equipment… it also isn’t worth it…However if you count the human cost of that waste…That isn’t worth it either!

Production of those should be stopped and replaced by a fully biodegradable product … the manufacturers need to be taking some responsibility.

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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.

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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

The Story Of Plastic …Part 2

Asia particularly is drowning in plastic…Trash becomes trash after it has been used…once it has served its purpose…Most solutions are consumer not manufacturer led.

Trapped in Plastic

I think this beautiful image drawn and painted by Rishika perfectly depicts my drowning in plastic comment…she really is a skilful artist…Thank you Rishika for letting me use this image…

Cleanups although admirable are not the solution they don’t make the problem go away…

Having taken the western world’s plastic for decades … Countries like China and Thailand have now stopped this practice and handed it back to western countries …But what are countries like India doing to solve their mountains of plastic now that they are still taking in some waste from abroad? Their waste mountains seem to be almost legendary around the world

The Alliance to stop plastic waste is a non-profit organisation that has partnered with companies from around the world to eliminate unmanaged plastic waste in the environment so far it is made up of thirty global companies from plastics and consumer goods …

Sadly where will it end and when…Exxon Mobil and Saudi Arabia’s SABIC have joined together to open the worlds largest plastic manufacturing facility of its kind having received billions in US tax breaks and other subsidies.  The latest estimate is that 194 billion will be invested in the US into 355 new or expanded facilities for petrochemicals primarily for plastics from now to 2025.

The facilities will convert hydrocarbons such as ethane and propane to ethylene a chemical used to make everything from polythene to antifreeze.

Ethylene, with worldwide consumption of 133 million tonnes/year, is the chemical industry’s primary building block

Can Polythene be recycled?

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) can…

HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys and some plastic bags. HDPE is the most commonly recycled plastic and is considered one of the safest forms of plastic.

My concerns are around the manufacturing process and not the end product…For example, Propane is a relatively clean-burning fuel which is attributed to its lower carbon content.

However, its combustion produces waste…such as particle matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, greenhouse gas, methane and non-methane organic carbon.

These huge plants springing up are they going to be using steam fracking or green fracking? Scientists favour green fracking however due to demand will cost override environmental and human health concerns?

Because, without rigorous safety regulations, it can poison groundwater, pollute surface water, impair wild landscapes, and threaten wildlife.

Lastly, just in case the letters confuse you they sure confuse me at times although I am getting better…This older posts on the plastic symbols explains all…

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

More about that in Part 3 next week…

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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.

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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 19th July -25th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Pretzel Bread…

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 as cases are on the rise again a second phase…It really is not going away just yet, stay safe and strong peeps and observe all the do’s and don’ts…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… 20th July 2020…

As you know I watched “The Story of Plastic” last week and attended the virtual Q & A a few days afterwards…All very thought-provoking and interesting…I will be sharing my thoughts and findings over the next few weeks…lots of research…Geek Alert!

I also had a very interesting conversation with one of my grandsons about what I learnt and thought and he listened and added his thoughts..such a good conversation we had…Happy Nannie… Josh told his mum I had some very modern ideas…How cool is that….? Go, nan!

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/20/recycling-and-climate-change-20th-july-2020/

Tuesday: Good News Tuesday to be more accurate…

Went down a treat as like me I think everyone is just fed up with constant bad news …

It was about trees, gorillas, young inventors…just things which made me feel good or go awww or reach for the tissues …

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/21/good-news-tuesday/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘N’ is for Nicoise, Nori, Nuts, Noodles, Nettles and Naan Bread.

I am over @ Sally’s today with my A-Z…lots of info on culinary terms and some recipes…Enjoy!

The culinary alphabet N

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/22/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-n-is-for-nicoise-nori-nuts-noodles-nettles-and-naan-bread/

Thursday: A beautiful cake which is flour-free as well as gluten-free…My Orange and almond cake…

Cooking whole oranges and then blitzing them…I have never made a cake like it..but it worked and was delicious…who would have thunk?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/23/orange-and-almond-cake-flourless-and-gluten-free/

Fruity Friday’s are back!

The beautiful pomelo…can be eaten as it is with a chilli dip…frozen and put vodka instead of ice cubes or made into a lovely refreshing salad with or without the prawns…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/24/fruity-fridays-pomelo/

Saturday… and its time for Saturday Snippetts…

News, views and trivia…music, a health and wellbeing corner and a recipe for Pretzel Bread…what more could you want?…Bubbles anyone?

Do you know what a growlery is? Neither did I…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/25/saturday-snippets-and-pretzel-bread/

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… 20th July 2020…

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world…

Since last Monday I have watched “The Story of Plastic“…Did any of you register and watch it?

Tonight I am attending a zoom panel discussion and Q&A...I am looking forward to that as this film has raised many questions which I would like the answers to or know what the way forward is…

Briefly, it was the story of the birth of plastic and how far it has come…Did you know that plastic was once a waste product?

plastic-3577044_640

It is the story of how the oil & gas industry has been successful in manipulating the narrative…The story of how some plastics just cannot be recycled…It is the story of sachets which are multi-layers of different substances, plastic, aluminum, paper these 1 serving convenient little sachets cannot be recycled…

smart

These Sachets cannot be recycled

It is the story of the fact that recent studies found plastic particles in 83% of tap water samples globally and 93% of bottled water.

It is the story of crisp and biscuit wrappers that are also non-recyclable they are single-use and disposed of immediately…

For too long manufacturers have put the blame on consumers and the fact we don’t recycle enough…It is time that manufacturers were made to be responsible if it cannot be recycled then they should not be making it they should be responsible for the packaging of all goods and for that packaging to be fully recyclable.

For the next few weeks, I will be discussing all the aspects of this film and the Q & A session…

Now let’s look at what I have for you this week…

Glass bottles…I buy liquids in glass bottles under the assumption that glass is best…However, despite the cons, I am not saying you should ditch the glass…glass does not leach toxic chemicals, making it a great option for you to continually use and repurpose it. Use it to fill up a soy wax candle, for your bulk food shopping, keep leftovers in the fridge or to store your DIY cleaning products/beauty/skincare creams. I love glass …However…

Reuse as much as possible what you already have rather than buying new and if you have to dispose of glass, clean it properly, and ensure it is being properly recycled.

The cons could be behind the industry move to create a bottle that is made out of entirely sustainably-sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams.

The technology is going to open doors to a lot of other drinks companies, who up until now have only had glass bottle options for their packaging.

First out of the blocks is Johnnie Walker Whiskey…

My son’s first comment when I showed him the bottle was…That’s good if you drop it maybe it won’t break…I think the bottle looks really good …classy looking …

Children’s clothes and school uniforms are often items that are as good as new when the kids outgrow them…The department store John Lewis has hit on a great idea…

In a bid to encourage parents not to buy all new clothes, the department store is introducing new organic cotton labeling to its own-brand children’s coats.

This will allow parents to cross out names and write new ones.

John Lewis wanted to test the initiative with coats because these are usually the longest-wearing and most costly item for a parent to buy…What a good idea!

It seems that UK stores are coming up with some great ideas… Lidl has become the first supermarket in the UK to launch new packaging made from “ocean-bound plastic”.

The plastic will be collected from beaches in South East Asia, which – according to the retailer’s research – is where 80-90% of plastic packaging enters the ocean.

The plan will see discarded plastic picked up, recycled, and turned into a resin.

The plastic the retailer collects would have otherwise ended up in the ocean.

Now for some great animal news last week it was bees this week it is Beavers who are renowned for their dam building.

Beavers reintroduced to tackle flooding in Essex have given birth to two kits – the first time the animals have been born in the county since the Middle Ages that’s over 400 years.

Beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK…They have now been reintroduced and have had two adorable little kits…it is all part of a river management project and they became the first pair to be brought to Essex in around 400 years.

A spokesman said:

The adult beaver pair, Woody and Willow, have been building dams since their arrival as part of a partnership project with the Environment Agency and others.

Spains Hall Estate manager Archie Ruggles-Brise described news of the beaver babies as “fantastic”.

“If they are anything like their parents, the two kits will become phenomenal dam builders, and we will be watching closely as they expand the wetland and provide even more protection against flood and drought, and provide homes for loads of other wildlife,” he said.

A public vote on Twitter is being held to help pick names for the kits.

How cute is that and such good news…Thank you, Tori, for providing this little gem.

On that note that is all for today…

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