Plastics and Jelly fish in the Ocean

I have just had a short walk via a marina in Sri Lanka, but this could any marina around the world. I looked at the water and initially saw some fish, then the small jellyfish, but then looking a little deeper I saw the sad realization that the area had plastic and other debris in it, polystyrene, glass bottles, bottle caps etc. Now, I know there are turtles in this area as there is a small sanctuary on Lavinda beach not to far from where I was standing.

As turtle’s eat jelly fish, but when they look exactly like a white plastic bag, then we have problems. I can see in my minds eye the turtle eating this plastic stuff that mankind put in the water either by accident or deliberately I do not care. Plastic is not fish, turtle or anyone’s food, well would you eat a plastic bag?, Thought not.

The turtle will die eventually, so would we if we keep eating contaminated food.

So why does our sea life eat them, because it looks like food to them.

These photographs I took made me sad and we really have to stop using plastic bags in our lives, in reality we do not need them, there are plenty of alternatives out there. Lets get using the alternatives NOW.

Our Grandparents did not use plastic bags, so why do we have to? Clean out our drawers, cupboards under the sink etc and dispose of those plastic bags ASAP in the correct manner. Why not take them back to the supermarket and get them to dispose of them correctly, after all it is them who are responsible for giving them to us in the billions.

To all you supermarkets, there is no excuse now, stop giving them away or charging for them. Do something else than what the government tells you to do for the sake of the environment and your children’s future on this planet as we are suffering now, just think what your children’s future looks like if we do NOT do anything now.

I wonder which supermarket will be the first to do something different on this front?.

Take them off your inventory list and never order them again. Introduce better ways to carry out shopping home. Force us to do so. Even those plastic bags for life are no good, we want bags that are made to last that do not come out of plastic derived in any form. They are out there, you have to source them for us at a reasonable cost you can do it, you have the teams in place to actually do this, so why are you not doing this?

 

Clean your plate, save the world?

While browsing the news on the internet today, I came across this article about wasted food on Yahoo.com http://news.yahoo.com/clean-plate-save-world-171105362.html

I know we waste food at an alarming rate, but this is not needed.  What we need are the supermarkets to provide smaller packaged items, as the same price per item as in the big packs.  Forget the BOGOF (Buy one get one free) – and just half the price of the original items, then we can decide on how many we need in our trolley.

I am currently in Malaysia and there seems to be very little waste, as they buy food on a daily basis for the little cafe / restaurants etc, as when go past them after they have closed up for the day, all I see outside the shop ready for the refuse collectors – are the scraps they CANNOT use, e.g. Egg Shells, skins of fruits and veg, but nothing else no meat or vegs in these bags.

When they have run out of something at a restaurant, as my local indian makes wonderful Marsala Dosas, they stop selling.  The same with the street vendor get to him late and all the samonosas are gone.  Again once he has used up all his mix for the day and he has sold them, he closes up and goes home.

They also sell bananas that in the western world would be thrown out, because they are ripe, but here they taste wonderful, creamy, full of flavour and amazing.  In this shop where I used to get the bananas, some of them are almost black, but they are the best.  The under ripe ones we are used to getting in the western world are horrible in comparison.

In my household, I have had at times very little food, and when you are unemployed you get to eat EVERYTHING in the cupboard, and when you go and buy food as money is tight, you learn how to use food wisely.  I plan for the week, froze what I had left over for next week, when the money was really tight.  It’s all a matter of education, it’s a shame they have stopped home economics class in schools, where they used to each you to cook, and that would stop your wasting food and money.

Also when I was working shifts on a rail line, the weekends were 12 hour working, which was fine, but for the friday, saturday and sunday I used to take a chili or spaghetti mix into work, and reheat it via the microwave.  My work colleagues used to get pre packed food, or sandwiches for their whole day.  The sad thing is that the chilli took around 20-30 minutes to prepare and cook, and it probably took them that time to go to the supermarket and get the food, and the nutritional value, mmmm Open to debate.

My colleagues said where did you get this, I said I made it, as the smell was amazing compared to their meals.  It’s all about a little preparation in advance.  All I know is that I had better food than them.  Sadly they never changed their lunches over the 3 years I was working with them.  I do know of one person who only had prepackaged meals the same every time and he was sick for a lot of it, or complaining of the cold, and this was down I am sure to his diet.

Eat Smaller portions, buy only what you need and use food wisely

A Cat’s Tale

Well I had to take the cat to the Vet and leave her there for 48 hours (Cat’s name is Martini), so she seemed OK on the way over to the vet, did not really like being transported, but was sort of OK.  When we got to the vets, she encountered a lot of other dogs and cats, which she did not like, as at home Martini is one of the most non aggressive cats I have ever encountered, even when you play with her, no claws are out and certainly no hissing or growling ever.

On putting her on the table, she spied the other cats, and started to growl, she did not like where she was (I do not think most animals do either).  I had to leave her to the vets people for treatment. 😦

After a long 48 hours, as it was very odd not calling the cat to be fed, stroked and played with etc for that time, also I missed her waking me up at 5.30am to go and play outside (we do not have a cat flap) then our meowing chat over her breakfast when she returns a few hours later. Oh How we miss our animals and how they miss us.

On arrival at the vets, I was told that she was very upset and angry she had been whilst she was there, I think being caged up as they were and not in a very large cage probably wound her up even more, but as we approached he, she did not see me, but heard my voice and started crying towards my voice – she had missed me a lot, I put my fingers through the cage bars and a welcomed nudge with her face on them, she was almost instantly happy again.  I reach into the cage and took her out, not a mumer, just relive on her face and a small purr knowing that she was going home.

We carried her home and as soon as she got to familiar terrority, she was happy, she had a quick look around the place, Yes this is my place, and I got some food for her ready, fresh cat litter and water and a friend was getting some fish for her as we settled back into her life at home.

After she had been fed, she was checking out the home inside and out to make sure this was her place, she has sort of ignored me for most of the afternoon, as I am sure she is checking everything out.

The way she ate the fish, it seemed like she had never been fed, but perhaps she just did not eat the food she was given as I did see some food in the bowl at the vet, so she was given some then, but I think she just did not eat, pinning for her owner? Maybe.

Well she is back home and some time in the near future she will have kittens around 2-3 weeks or less I think, so how many I do not know, I will have to wait and see about that one.

I did not really know that our animals miss us when we go away from them for a few days, as I have not had a cat or other animal to look after for many years now, so it was nice to see how a cat misses it’s owner, just like the cartoon character Garfield, when his owner Jon goes away for longer than a few hours – Garfield misses him, so did Martini miss me.

These are 2 pics of her, just so as you can put a face to the name

Merry Christmas from me and the cat