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France Just Banned All Plastic Cups, Plates And Utensils

France Just Banned All Plastic Cups, Plates And Utensils

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” – Leonardo DiCaprio, 2016

New Law In France

France has recently become the first country to ban plastic cups, plates and utensils. The new law that has passed states that all plastic cutlery will be completely barred by the year 2020 and that the replacement utensils must be biodegradable and able to be turned into compost. These new utensils must be sourced from biological goods. This rule has come following a complete ban in France on all plastic shopping bags.

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The censorship on shopping bags is becoming a global phenomenon, following in the likes of Australia, India, Germany, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, Papua New Guinea, and many African countries including Morocco. Billions of plastic bags are being discarded in Paris alone, with France now demonstrating hopeful methods of helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tidy the world of its plastic crisis. Following the recent COP21 climate change conference held in Paris, the world seems more ready to address this utmost threat to society, and France is now putting into practice these environmentally friendly laws to help rectify some of the damage already done to our planet.

The Damage Plastic Is Causing To Marine Life

Plastic bags and products are having a disastrous global effect, polluting waterways and oceans and damaging wildlife on an unequivocal scale. Earlier this year thirteen sperm whales were found dead on a beach in Germany’s west sea coast, their bodies full of plastics and car parts that they had ingested from the ocean. Although the beaching of these whales was not based entirely on the plastic found in their stomachs, this is just one example of the damage plastic and pollution is causing to marine life and wildlife throughout the world. Along with plastic bags and utensils, we will hopefully be addressing the need for bans on styrofoam cups, cigarette butts, plastic bottles and straws.

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Effects Of The Law

The new law banning plastic utensils will come into effect for grocery, fruit and vegetable stores in January 2017, though the ban has already been issued since July in supermarkets throughout France. Consumers have been given this six-month stretch as an adjustment period to help comply and conform to the changes. The ban will be fully enforced by the year 2020, with law enforcers hoping to see on average a fifty percent gain in using organic and biodegradable products.

Plastic Waste

There is a phenomenal amount of plastic waste showing up on our beaches. The image below shows the top ten items we are dealing with when it comes to plastic and pollution. Cigarettes and cigarette filters top the list closely follwed by food wrappers and foood containers.

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    By helping to reduce the amount of plastics manufactured, conservationists are hoping that by the year 2025 we will have increased organic and compostable products by 60 percent. Alongside France, the European Union is hoping to halve the amount of plastic bags being used by the year 2019.

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      Opposing The Law

      Hundreds of thousands of plastic products line the shelves of supermarkets all over the world. This law and plastic bag bans worldwide are just the beginning of addressing this problem. Although universally this law is welcomed by conservationist groups and concerned individuals, not everyone involved is overjoyed.

      European packing organizations are said to be taking legal action on the new law due to infringements on their rights. They argue that consumers will now believe it plausible to not tidy up after themselves and will leave biodegradable waste littered through forests and other natural areas. Time will tell.

      Featured photo credit: Melissa Johnson via flickr.com

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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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