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Are Paper Bags Really Better Than Plastic?

Are Paper Bags Really Better Than Plastic?

First off: both paper and plastic bags are not ideal for the world. Most people think that they are helping the environment by using paper over plastic. This is understandable since paper comes from a natural resource, whereas plastic comes from refining oil. It seems that paper would definitely biodegrade better than plastic. This is true to some extent.

Plastic is made from the refining of oil. We all know that plastic never fully biodegrades. A good portion of plastic bags are transported to the ocean by rivers. Many marine animals, such as sea turtles, mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. The plastic bags cause blockages in the sea turtles’ digestive systems and this will lead to death.

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    Paper bag production is a huge industry. There are about 14 million trees cut down every year. Just as chemicals are used to make plastic bags, chemicals are used during the production of paper bags. The chemicals pollute the environment and cause water pollution and other unfortunate impacts to the environment. Paper bags that end up in the landfills release methane gas which contributes to global warming. Also, the production of paper bags consumes more water than any other sector!

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      The best solution to rid yourself of guilt from using paper bags or plastic bags is to use reusable bags. Many companies give reusable bags away as promotions. Many cities now offer solutions by allowing people who have too many reusable bags to donate them. There are reusable bag days that allow people to drop off their reusable bags and those who are need in of them can come and pick as many up as they need — and all for free!

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        We can all come together and make grocery stores be paper bag- and plastic bag-free. There are already stores that do not allow any bags aside from reusable bags, and they are setting a great example for all other stores. Try starting a change.org petition to have your local grocery stores go paper- and plastic bag-free. You will be surprised at how many people sign your petition.

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        One small step, like switching your plastic and paper bags to reusable ones, can make a big impact on our sea life, landfills, and the world. Let’s come together and take a stand against wasteful plastic and paper bags and promote reusable bags.

        Photo jellyfish and plastic bag credit: www.nearpictures.com
        Photo deforestation credit: www.global-worldissues.weebly.com
        Photo reusable bag credit: www.greatecology.com

        Featured photo credit: International Plastics via Http

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        Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

        Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

        On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

        Common Sense

        There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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        Motorcycles

        Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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        Walking

        People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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        Final Thoughts

        The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

        Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

        What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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